Dunedin RSA member Gladys Nilson makes about 6000 rosemary posies for Anzac Day every year. Photo by Jonathan Chilton-Towle.
Posies made of rosemary wrapped in red paper have been laid
on the graves of service men and women in the services
section of the Anderson's Bay Cemetery on Anzac Day for years
- but the tradition is threatened by a shortage of rosemary.
The Dunedin Returned and Services Association has put out the
call for donations of rosemary so there is enough to make the
5000 or 6000 posies required.
Dunedin RSA and RSA Welfare Trust administration manager
Sally Turner said supplies of rosemary had run out during
posey making last year forcing members to go for a
last-minute drive around Dunedin's streets searching for
This year she hoped to avoid the last-minute rosemary rush.
She said any donations of rosemary would be appreciated and
suggested residents could help out by planting bushes to
create a supply for the future.
RSA member Gladys Nilson has been involved in making the
posies for more years than she can remember.
''It's for remembrance,'' she said.
Any rosemary was suitable so long it was from the bush
variety of the plant, she said. The cuttings needed were from
the end of each sprig and about a hand's length.
The RSA was also calling volunteers to help with the posie
making, which is to take place on April 24.
Rosemary can be dropped off at HMNZS Toroa at 211 St Andrew
St. Anyone wanting to volunteer for posie making or find out
more can call 466-4886.