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Free 90 minute Sound and Light Show on the Torrens Parade Ground building
Adelaide is preparing to step back in time one hundred years to commemorate Violet Day. This is an opportunity to find out what life was like on the streets of Adelaide during the First World War. Find out who the Cheer Up Society were and why violets are significant to SA in this free 90 minute sound and light show on the Torrens Parade Ground building.
Violet Day Commemorations – Image Violet Day Facebook page
Illuminations at Torrens Parade Ground This show will illuminate and transform the architecture of the Torrens Parade Ground building over three nights, coinciding with the centenary of the first Violet Day. The show will run twice nightly on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th July. Bring your own chair and a thermos and experience a grand narrative to commemorate the centenary of the first Violet Day in 1914.
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This is an outdoor experience in midwinter, so bring a coat and your woolies. Food vendors will be on site on Friday and Saturday. This event may be cancelled in the event of extreme weather conditions, so organisers suggest coming prepared, bringing your raincoat or umbrella.
The Cheer Up Society The project tells the story of the women and volunteers who established the Cheer Up Society and other volunteer organisations. They not only provided support to men on the front, but also provided ongoing support to wounded and shellshocked men, and to bereaved mothers and families. The Cheer Up Society raised funds to build a soldiers' clubhouse by selling violets around South Australia on the 2nd August 1915, including one bunch that sold at auction in Burra for 384 Pounds.
Knitting violets for Violet Day – Image Jenny Esots
Violet Day is uniquely South Australian and has a history which many of the younger generations may not be aware of. The violet was the symbol of perpetual remembrance. Violet Day was first held in Adelaide on 2 July 1915, so now knitters can get busy making violets instead of poppies. The Cheer Up Society predates the RSL and was a South Australian response to the war involving primarily women. The Violet Day fundraiser they established continued for nearly 60 years. You can find out more about Violet Day here