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News about the Avenues of Honour Project

New Avenues of Honour at Port Adelaide

As part of Remembrance Day activities a special ceremony and plaque unveiling was conducted outside the Alberton Oval, attended by Port Adelaide Football Club CEO, Keith Thomas; City of Port Adelaide Mayor, Gary Johanson; Semaphore Port Adelaide RSL President, Glenn Murray and Avenues of Honour Project Director, David Lawry OAM.

PortPAFC Plaque Unveiling

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special guest legatee Mrs Joan Bennett, assisted by students from the Westport Primary School helped to plant a commemorative ‘Lone PIne’ at a memorial garden established for the purpose.

Tree Planting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This inspiring and emotional event launched the inaugural Avenues of Honour project for the Port Adelaide district which aims to have living memorials planted for over 500 “Portonians’ who made the supreme sacrifice during WWI.

Comments from those officiating at the ceremony underscored the intense community spirit, leadership and desire of key stakeholders to honour local service men and women and ensure their story is never forgotten.

Port Adelaide Football Club media story

More media coverage

AoH Team

Chandada Avenue of Honour

It’s easy to assume that remote settlements and their Avenues of Honour have faded into obscurity for all time.

Not so over on the west coast region of South Australia at Chandada.  Courtesy of passionate relatives, interest is emerging to help acknowledge and restore a World War II avenue for 30 boys who enlisted from the local farming area and many that subsequently made the supreme sacrifice.

The planting of WW II “Trees of Tribute” is located along an intersection of the Streaky Bay Highway and Inkster Road, Chandada (west of Poochera).  Similar WW II “Trees of Tribute” commemorative plantings occurred at Ceduna and Poochera.

Some research from old newspaper articles:

West Coast Sentinel Friday 23 August 1940

West Coast Sentinel Friday 15 August 1941

West Coast Sentinel Friday 20 November 1942

A general plea for anyone wishing to become involved in the local project (especially past residents and relatives of the servicemen being honoured), can contact Carol Hughes 0411 393 398 or via ccmhughes@optusnet.com.au.

The National Avenues of Honour Team also keen to gather historical information, especially images dating back to the early 1940s.

Initial seed-funding to assist with development of the restoration project has been provided through the District Council of Streaky Bay Community Grants program.

Let’s see what we can do together to give this project momentum.

Regards,

AoH Team

Recognition of Suburban Avenue of Honour

Courtesy of local ‘tree-savvy’ residents and their passion for conserving commemorative street trees in their district, Weinholt Street in the Brisbane suburb of Sherwood now has an addition to its fingerboard street sign:

Weinholt Street, Sherwood, Queensland - recognition at last.

Weinholt Street, Sherwood, Queensland – recognition at last.

The Weinholt Street Avenue of Honour is lined with the beautiful long lived tree species, Callistemon ‘Dawson River. Typical of species selected for planting in many of the Avenues of Honour throughout Australia, this species is native to the local area (Qld) and has a  weeping habit which is chosen to represent the tears of the mothers of fallen soldiers in World War II. Click here to read more . . .

For more images of Weinholt Street, visit the Flickr media site

Listen to an ABC 612 Brisbane broadcast aired on the morning Breakfast segment 11th November 2014

The AoH Team thank Alice and Andrew Rankine for their inspiration and facilitation of this local project.  It inspires confidence that the memory of 102000 great Australians is in safe hands.

 

ANZAC Centenary Grant Program now underway.

The Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program will assist and encourage communities across Australia to undertake their own Anzac Centenary projects that commemorate the service and sacrifice of Australian Servicemen and Women in the First World War.

The program was announced by the Prime Minister, the Hon Julia Gillard MP and the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on the Centenary of Anzac, the Hon Warren Snowdon MP, on 24 April 2012. The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) is responsible for administering the program.

The Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program is a key element of the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary program through which funding of up to $100,000 will be made available for each Federal Member of Parliament (MP) to support projects in their electorate commemorating the First World War.

Further information, guidelines and application forms can be found at the 100 Years of ANZAC site.

Commemorating Indigenous War Veterans

It was a privilege to attend (by serendipity) a recent event scheduled as part of Reconciliation Week across the nation.  Held at the Flame of Remembrance, Kings Park, Perth, WA on the 29th May 2013 the commemorative event was held in honour and recognition of the many indigenous veterans who served with Australia’s armed forces.

Mort Hansen - Welcome to Country Pastor Albert Knapp, leading a prayer

During his address the Governor of WA, His Excellency Malcolm McCusker AC CVO QC, mentioned that some 500 indigenous Australians had enlisted for service during WW1 and a further 5,000 during WW2.

After this very moving ceremony I visited sections of the May Drive Avenue of Honour within Kings Park.

Avenue of Honour, May Drive, Kings Park

Avenue of Honour, May Drive, Kings Park

Avenue of Honour, May Drive, Kings Park

Avenue of Honour, May Drive, Kings Park

Avenue of Honour, May Drive, Kings Park

Avenue of Honour, May Drive, Kings Park

Avenue of Honour, May Drive, Kings Park

Avenue of Honour, May Drive, Kings Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glenn Williams
Director, TREENET

Welcome to Avenues of Honour

Welcome to Avenues of Honour !
Congratulations to Darren Peacock of Sociable Technology for his expertise and vision in developing this exciting new wiki website for the 2015 AoH Project.
It is a work in progress as indeed are a number of avenue restorations already taking place around Australia.
In February 1941 in reply to a letter of support from President Roosevelt, Winston Churchill replied “Give us the tools and we will finish the job.” America came to the party under the lend lease agreement and the rest is history. It is hoped that the new Avenues of Honour website will be able to provide all the online tools free of charge to communities in Australia and New Zealand who are committed to the preservation and establishment of these iconic living memorials to the fallen. Because of the capacity of the website to record permanently all the details of existing and new avenues there is no reason to fear that they will be forgotten or lost in the future. In order for TREENET to be able to provide these online tools in a timely manner we need the help of generous supporters , just as Britain did in 1941.
We are only able to make these first few steps in a very long journey because of the generosity of Mr Mark Willcocks, Executive Chairman of the Active Tree Group who in late 2012 answered my “Churchillian” plea for help and donated $60,000 to “kick start” the Project. That enabled us to put Darren to work on the website and gave me the time to respond to the increasing demands for information and assistance from dozens of community groups across the country. We are currently open to any ideas you may have or assistance in obtaining funding for the next few stages in the development of the website and would welcome any tax deductible donation, modest or otherwise that will keep up the momentum.
I hope you keep visiting the website to check on progress.
Kind Regards
David Lawry OAM
Director/ Founder

Welcome to our new website

As we start the push to 2015, we are proud to present our new website.  There’s a lot happening and we want to keep you informed.  Across the country, people are beginning to think about their Avenues and how to preserve and restore them to mark the Centenary of ANZAC, the Gallipoli landings and World War I.  Over the next five years, the Avenues of Honour project will ensure that our living memorials are not forgotten and that new ones are created as we honour the service and sacrifice of all those who made the ultimate sacrifice for Australia.