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Torrens Parade Ground

Victoria Drive

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Join us for a poetry reading from 'Violet Verses' 100 years after the original publication.

In 1917, as the First World War continued to take its toll around the world, including on the people of South Australia, the women of the Cheer-Up Society in Adelaide organised the third annual Violet Day to raise money in support of returned troops. 'Violet Verses' was published that year as part of the fundraising efforts.

With an introduction by Henry Lawson and poems contributed from members of the community the publication was sold for a shilling. It was released in time for Violet day on 29 June 1917, when memebers of the Cheer-Up Society sold posies of violets and 'buttons' as a fundraiser.

The poems in 'Violet Vereses' are written largely by ordinary people, and capture the sentiment of the day. Join us for a reading by Carole Whitelock and Keith Conlon, including a brief talk on the history of Violet Day and the homefront during the First World War.

Drinks and light refreshments will be served. Parking available on the Torrens Parade Ground.

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