Avenues of Honour 1915-2015 is a national project to preserve and promote Australia’s Avenues of Honour as we commemorate the Centenary of ANZAC, the Gallipoli Landings and World War I.  The project is working with local communities across Australia to support efforts to document, preserve and restore Avenues and to plan and establish new ones.

DSC_0203 resizedEntrance to one of the earliest and most famous Avenues of Honour in Ballarat, Victoria.


Photos by Sarah Wood.

The Avenues of Honour project is managed by TREENET, a national not-for-profit organisation based in Adelaide.

We welcome your interest.


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  1. Hedley Potts

    Interested in Avenue of Honour in Drummond Victoria. I had some contact in recent years with a lady concerned with the preservation of the avenue where one tree had been lost in fire. Unfortunately I cannot find that communication. My namesake Pte. Hedley Potts was killed at Fromelles and evidently his name is on the Honour Board at the Drummond School and on the monument at Drummond. Looking at Google this morning I find some mentions of the Drummond Avenue of Honour and an award noted in the Courier to a local man partly for his efforts for the Drummond Avenue of Honour.

    Many thanks for your research etc.
    Hedley Potts
    *************(address redacted)
    *************(address redacted)

    1. editor

      Thankyou for your interest and information. We were not aware of the recent preservation efforts for the Drummond avenue. We will continue our investigations and anything else you can tell us would be greatly appreciated.
      Regards, The AoH Team

  2. Frank Golding

    Do you know about the Arthur Kenny Avenue of Honour at Mt Xavier (an outer suburb of Ballarat)? It was constructed in honour of the 100 old boys of the Ballarat Orphanage who enlisted in WW1. Opened by the Governor-General Sir Ronald Munro-Ferguson in August 1917, it fell into disrepair in the mid-1920s but was “re-discovered” and re-commemorated in November 2012. I’d be happy to forward a copy of the 40 page booklet that I helped write to mark the event. Former orphanage boys around Australia were often overlooked in memorials because they had no families – or only fragmented ones – who would put their names forward to commemorative bodies.

    A prominent member of the working group advising on this project was Michael Taafe who is completing a PhD on the subject of Avenues of Honour (of which there were 10 in Ballarat alone). He is a fount of knowledge.

    1. editor

      If this avenue is not currently listed we will certainly add it. A copy of the booklet would be most appreciated if you can send it to us. If you are happy for one of us to email you we can arrange the means to do so.
      We are aware of some of Michael Taffe’s research but not his most recent work and thankyou for mentioning him as a resource. We will contact him very soon about including in our database any information he is able to share.
      Regards, The AoH Team

      1. Frank Golding

        Thank you for your response. I’m very happy to have an email and to arrange delivery of booklet. I am trying also to track down another orphanage memorial in Geelong. I’ll keep you informed.

    2. Patricia Barnard

      I am a great grand niece of Norman Copley who was one of the orphange soldiers and would love to know where to get a copy of your book please.
      We have been researching my Nan’s family and have just discovered this site

  3. jan hunter

    treenet website would not open from your link. The info on this site doesn’t seem as clear as it could be as to whether avenues can be from any war. Lots about WWI but fleeting phrases like ‘any war’ aren’t easy to find. Can you confirm that any avenues of any wars are of interest?

    1. editor

      Apologies for the difficulty experienced accessing http://www.treenet.org Jan.
      The Avenues of Honour Project is for all wars up to and including our current operations in Afghanistan and unfortunately, inevitably, beyond.
      The Centenary of the Landing at Gallipoli and WW1 is an appropriate period in history to ressurect old Avenues, many from WW2 and after, and to plant new ones for the many thousands of individuals who have not been honoured with a tree thus far.
      I hope you can find many references to other conflicts on the map page.

  4. Frank Golding

    The Geelong Protestant Orphanage Avenue of Honour was planted around September 1918. (Reference: The Melbourne Argus, 14 September 1918, p. 18).

    These orphanage avenues are really worth including because the former residents tend to be overlooked in “mainstream” avenues because they had no families to speak up for them when avenues were being planned.

    1. editor

      Thanks Frank,
      We agree with you and look forward to receiving more information to update our fledgling website soon.
      Unfortunately we can only record your reference via this blog at the moment as we don’t have the resources to investigate each “new ” Avenue as they come to our notice.
      Our planned interactive “wiki” will streamline that process. Only need the funds and perhaps 2 months to develop it.

  5. Deborah Hallam

    Just heard about your project on the ABC this morning ( july 6 th)
    I wonder ? How many trees constitute an ” avenue” ?
    In my small hometown of Beulah victoria there are two very large very old Pine trees that were planted in the park at the memorial gates. They are lovely trees that have survived despite drought and wind. There are also adjacent a number of other trees that I believe were planted by the now disbanded RSL members. Would these trees qualify for the project?
    Deb Hallam

    1. editor

      Hi Deborah,
      One major aspect or focus of the Avenues of Honour Project is about preserving and restoring commemorative tree plantings and honouring the memory of those who served or made the supreme sacrifice on behalf of our nation. A single commemoratove planting deserves the same care and attention as a group or cluster of trees or a formally planted avenue. In whatever fashion or whatever number of plantings, the aspiration in the first instance is to commemorate ALL those men and women who made the supreme sacrifice.
      It will be important to verify the link between your surviving Beulah trees and the RSL or war history connection.
      Thanks again for your query. We welcome any updates you can provide.
      Regards, AoH Team

  6. susan cooke

    Thank you for the site. I couldn’t, find Terang Vic on the search . I would walk home from school in the 60 s with my friends under the trees along the High St and Thompson St. ,as the seasons and years passed. All children had an unsaid respect for the “avenue” as on extension of home and part of our being so we ” belonged”. To my knowledge the trees are on the National Trust registrar. Regard Sue Cooke

    1. editor

      Hi Sue,
      Thanks for your prompt. It’s local community interest and shared personal stories like yours that continue to boost awareness of our avenues of honour. Thank you for your information. We will continue our investigations and anything else you can tell us would be greatly appreciated. We’d love for you to help find images for the Terang site that could be posted on our Flickr pages.
      Regards, The AoH Team

  7. editor

    Hi once again Jillienne,
    I apologise for apparently losing the details of your submission and to see that your original post has disappeared into the ether,
    If you are still watching can you please repost or email me, David Lawry at david@avenuesofhonour.org
    I am very keen to make up for any inconvenience we have caused the community at Moleswoth.

    1. editor

      Hi Stuart,
      I hadn’t heard about this but note that the Council mid last year was beginning to make an inventory of all culturally significant assetts including some Sugar Gums and an Angophora anecdotely linked with the Boer War.
      I also note that in 1999 the Boer War Memorial was rededicated to those who fell in all wars.
      It would be terrific to learn that these trees are as claimed by many and to have them protected.
      Let me know more please Stuart.

  8. Alastair Davison

    Although not an Avenue of Honour in the strictest sense, the 2/24 Battalion Association (remembering the men of ‘Wangaratta’s Own’) has a memorial drive, Roll of Honour and a line of 24 trees in two rows at the Wangaratta Cemetery (the main entrance off Mason Street). The large bluestone wall has a centrepiece with the Roll of Honour, with individual plaques of members of the Battalion who have died since WW2.
    Further details and images can be provided if desired.
    Congratulations on a great initiative to catalogue the Avenues of Honour.
    Alastair Davison.

    1. editor

      Hi Alastair.
      Thanks for your kind words and support for the AoH Project.
      We’d be delighted to accept any further information and images that could be published (with appropriate permissions) on this website.
      All the best from the AoH Team.

  9. Bernie Conroy


    I wanted to bring to your attention the AOH at Cardinia, Vic. It is located at the Cardinia Recreation Reserve in Ballarto Rd, Cardinia and consists of 25 pin-oaks on the Eastern side of the oval. The trees commerate the 25 local men and women (including my father and uncle) who served during WW2. Each tree has a small name plate.
    It would be great if this location could be added to your site and map.

    Bernie Conroy

  10. Laurie Coulston

    Can you or any readers please give me a reference to and were I might find documents on the Kiewa Avenue of Honour. Anecdotes are also welcome.

    I believe this was originally started with Eucalypts and ran across the river flats to Tangambalanga were American Walnuts were planted one of which has been preserved by the Shire of Indigo and is doing very well as it has survived the saws of the power and road organisations.
    Please reply with any information to george.coulston3@bigpond.com
    Thanks in anticipation Laurie

  11. Inside History Magazine

    Between 2014 and 2018, Australians will produce and participate in many significant World War One centenary projects, both big and small. We are creating an online resource that will bring all of these Australian projects together in the one place.

    World War One Link was conceived of by the history-loving team at the successful publication Inside History who received a Your Community Heritage Program grant to initiate the website. Currently Australians are faced with a large volume of information about centenary actives at a state, national, regional, local and individual level. World War One Link provides a place to connect and showcase this work during this important anniversary.

    We would love you to join our partners and other participants by adding your WWI Avenues of Honour projects to our online database.

    Please contact us on the above email or register your interest via our website, and we will forward details for what we require to promote your project. If there are any other readers of your website who are undertaking projects for WWI, we also encourage them to submit details of their projects. We are aiming for the site to be launched around mid June.

    Looking forward to hearing from you,

    The World War One Link Team

    1. editor

      Congratulations Lee on a stunning site for the Bacchus Marsh avenue.
      We’re positive the information will be of interest to a broad audience.
      All the best,
      The AoH Team

  12. julie day

    On learning that my Great Grandfather who enlisted in Ballarat to fight for Australia with the 8th Battalion AIF was not provided with a tree on the Avenue of Honour as he was’ not born’ in Ballarat (was an immigrant from England), and therefore didn’t have family here to organise it is very dissapointing. I wonder how many other solider’s descendents have found out the same information? I was wondering if a plaque will be included in the avenue for the ‘missing’ enlistees of Ballarat who answered the call? and will have a place to be remembered?

    1. David Grant

      Hi Julie. I have not checked this forum for some time so apolgies for the very late response to your email. In relation to the service personnel commemorated with a tree in the Ballarat Avenue of Honour they are not purely those “born in Ballarat” but generally people who had a connection with Ballarat. This ranges from people who enlisted, grew up, had parents or relations here, or were just nominated by someone in Ballarat. The list of people is by no means complete but is a snapshot in time i.e. between 1917 and 1919. It is estimated that there could be up to double the number of service personnel with a “connection” to Ballarat that could have been commemorated with a tree.
      There are 3801 names with a tree in our Avenue but there is no intention to do any additional tree planting for those “missed”. We would however like to identify those that were missed and recognise them in some form at some stage. Our focus currently is managing the 3801 trees we do have and getting the Avenue in as best a condition as we can for the centenary of WW1 and beyond.
      I am happy to receive emails on any comments on the Ballarat Avenue of Honour and any people commemorated, or not, in the Avenue. I can be contacted at email davidgrant@ballarat.vic.gov.au.
      A website and App will be available specifically for the Ballarat Avenue of Honour soon.
      Regards, David.
      City of Ballarat
      Arch of Victory/Avenue of Honour Committee

  13. Jim Daly

    I am editor of APPA Gazette and the Autumn issue next year is on War Memorials in the Adelaide Parklands. Does anyone know about an Avenue of Honour in the South Parklands? Or any other historical 1st W War places in the Parklands?

    Jim Daly

  14. patrick faulconer

    Dear David, We met in Mollymook eleven years ago. I talked about the Shoalhavens Tree Policy at Treenet.

    I have a group of people and the council on board to re-plant our Avenue of Honour in Milton. Any tips or support would be welcome. I have been planning this for ten years and I can’t believe that it might happen.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Patrick Faulconer.

  15. John Saunders

    Hello – I am the Secretary of the Clayton RSL Sub-Branch in Victoria.
    Looking through these pages I have found that there are / were Avenues of Honour in Clayton with an ID No 3352.1 – also in Oakleigh an ID No 3199.1 in Glen Waverley an ID No 3078.1 as well as Notting Hill an ID No 3215.1

    Can you provide any details regarding these sites / plantings ??

    There is a possibility that a number od RSL Sub-Branches in the area may ‘join together’ and do something with the aid of Local Council.

  16. Greg Lowe...Mt Barker RSL (SA)

    We are working with the Mt Barker Council to put in a new Avenue Of Honour as many of the trees in the current avenue have or will be removed due to traffic needs. Planning is well under way but we do need more assistance with funding the project. Can you help us?

  17. Alan Bennett

    Just thought I would let you know that there is a small avenue of honour coming into Archies Creek, out from Dalyston on the way to Wonthaggi, I remember driving thru it a few years ago and seeing the name plaques on the trees, i hope some one can go there and check it out. did not look in good condition then

  18. Gemma

    Hi guys,

    I don’t see Ullina Avenue on your map. There is a plague there (I can send a pic but you don’t have a email). The below info is from the Creswick and Smeaton RSL sub-branch website:

    The Ullina Avenue of Honour consist of eight trees on the north side of the Ullina Road.

    The names of those who served are: F.J. (Joe) Foley *, J.J. (Jack) Foley, William L. Foley, Albert C. Marshall *, R. H. (Harry) Marshall, J.J. (Jack) Nase, Leonard J. Newton, Owen Postlethwaite.

    If you Google it they have a few pics on their website. GPS location is: S 37 17.040 E 143.54.178
    I discovered it today while out driving and googled it but discovered it isn’t on your list. Hope this is of interest.

    regards, Gemma

  19. Kerrie Wise

    Can you please advise what documentation you require to recognise an Avenue of Honour eg photo of plaque, ministerial or local committee approval etc. Many thanks Kerrie

  20. Manny Peralta


    Fantastic site! Are there any Boer War Memorials or Av of H in Central Victoria? Where is the oldest or first Av of H in Victoria?



    1. editor

      Hello Manny,
      Thanks for your inquiry.
      Whilst their are commemorative plantings in honour of all wars in which Australia has served, our records list only three (3) in Victoria for such plantings dedicated to the Boer War:
      APSLEY (central-western region near the border with SA) – 2 Oak trees, established in 1902 and since destroyed;
      HORHSAM (central region) – unknown number of English Elms and present status / condition unknown;
      KARDELLA (lower south-east region) – 9 English Elms established in 1919 and present status / condition unknown.

      The oldest WW1 Avenue of Honour in Victoria was established at Eurack (west of Geelong) in May 1916, closely followed by Ferny Creek in August 1916.
      All the best,
      The AoH Team

  21. Cr. Bill McClenaghan, Hepburn Shire Council

    Hedley Potts inquired in June 2013 about the Drummond Avenue of Honour and more details were to be sought. The Drummond area is in my Council Ward and I can offer the following information. In 2011 many local people took an interest in this Avenue as did the Hepburn Shire Council and members of the Kyneton RSL. We all decided to do something and restore this Avenue of Honour to its former glory. Originally planted with eucalypts, the Avenue was later replanted with Dutch Elms. There are fifty trees in the Avenue; one for each local soldier who went to war from Drummond. Unfortunately, all original brass plaques under individual trees are long gone. Some trees have been removed; the first was cut down because it was dangerous and it was replaced with an Oak tree, which is not correct as all trees in an Avenue of Honour should be the of same variety since all service men and women are considered equal. Other lost trees have since been identified by the gaps left in the Avenue and Scotch Elms have been planted there because they do not grow suckers and resist elm leaf beetles and diseases that kill Dutch Elms. Being Elm trees, they do fit in with the Dutch Elms. The single Oak tree is to be removed and replaced with an Elm this year.
    The Kyneton RSL obtained funding for a special three dimensional winged sign that contains a photo of the Avenue looking south from the Drummond Cenotaph (to the left) and also a brass plaque listing the names of the fifty soldiers. This single brass plaque replaces the lost individual ones once under the trees and H.Potts is listed in the middle of the right hand column and marked as killed in the war. Hepburn Shire keeps the grass cut and Malmsbury Landcare have also maintained the Avenue. There was a ceremony on Remembrance Day 2011 to officially unveil the new sign and bronze plaque. Photographs of the sign and plaque are available. This year, 100 years after the Gallipoli landing, Drummond had a special ANZAC Day service at the northern end of the Avenue beside the sign and the stone Cenotaph to mark the Centenary. Local residents and school children read out the names of the fifty soldiers. The town of Drummond has almost vanished and all that is left here now is the Avenue of Honour, the Drummond Primary School and the Shire owned Drummond Hall nearby. The Avenue of Honour is marked with entrance signs at each end on the Daylesford – Malmsbury Road, is continually cared for and is a permanent reminder of the sacrifice made by local Drummond men in the Great War. “Fifty Trees for Fifty Soldiers”. As the plaque says, “Lest We Forget”.

    1. Hedley Potts

      Dear Cr Bill McClenaghan,
      You mentioned that some photographs are available. If one of your Council staff could make any copies of photos or press reports for me I would be most grateful. I have a file re. Great Uncle Hedley Vasey Potts, and anything I can add for future generations is really valuable.

      Many thanks
      Hedley Potts
      2/10 William St
      Brighton 3186
      03-9592 3481

  22. Hedley Potts

    Dear Cr McClenaghan, Thanks so much for the information on the Drummond Avenue of Honour. I am so pleased to hear about the RSL winged sign and the services held there. Even if I had known about your ANZAC service for the 100th anniversary I doubt if I could have attended. I would have loved to hear the children read out those names. My wife Helen was admitted into permanent Residential Care at Vasey RSL Care in East Brighton on December 30, and there is a photo of Private Hedley Vasey Potts at the door of her room. Sadly we have battled her Alzheimer’s disease for the past eight years, but she is happy and contented at Vasey, only 10 minutes from home and I can visit every day. She receives excellent care. Please do not hesitate to let us know of any other relevant events at Drummond. I have a younger sister who might be able to attend. My original contact was with Mrs Walter who sent me a photos of the honour board at the Drumond School, and the Avenue of Honour.

    I really appreciate you contact and information
    Yours sincerely
    Hedley Potts


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