Real Australians Say Welcome knitting pattern

In 2012, artist Peter Drew created a street poster with the simple phrase REAL AUSTRALIANS SAY WELCOME

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On his website, Drew says about the project “For this project I installed 1000 posters around the country that carried the slogan “Real Australians Say Welcome”. The poster was inspired by the often forgotten second verse of the National Anthem that calls upon our “courage to combine”. That ‘courage’ seems strangely absent from Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers.”

I loved this project and wanted to contribute, so I created a pattern based on his project and shared it for anyone to knit, crochet or cross stitch.

I knitted one up and installed it down Hosier Lane in Melbourne, where it lasted a few months before being removed. There is a lovely write up about the project here:

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