I discovered that this street is not unusual for the number of returned war veterans to have settled here in Port Melbourne. Many other streets were popular also, such as Albert Street and Clarke Street, Port Melbourne.
As a contingent of residents walked past each house where a soldier once lived, a short history of their war record and injuries was read out. A handmade poppy was then placed at the house where they once lived.
Some houses had 2 returned soldiers and got 2 poppies. I encourage you to take a trip down Heath Street, to see how many poppies are on the front doors, and fences. It has quite an impact.
Barb Mullen & Christine Griffiths are residents in Heath Street and wanted to bring some pride to their street. They successfully told the human stories of these men, many which had lifelong injuries and mental health problems that they endured for the rest of their life.
I will post a link to this book soon here.
This impromptu walk is an example of our community having deep pride in our history and being thankful for the incredible sacrifices that have been made for us.