Real World Gardener Avenues of Honour in Garden History

October 24th, 2019

Garden History

Avenues of Honour

How do Australians remember the fallen or returned from wars?

Is it just built structures such as memorials or is there another way such as an avenue of honour?

In this garden history segment you will discover that there a many other ways to remember those who served in wars, and that these commemorations shall we say, are not confined to capital cities.

Let’s find out what avenues of honor are all about.

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I'm talking with Stuart Read, a member of the National Committee of the Australian Garden History Society.

Avenues of honour were usually trees, but sometimes shrubs. 

They were to remember service men and women also nurser who did not return from various wars.

In Australia, there are hundreds of these avenues, particularly in Victoria, but other states also.

Smaller populations in country towns felt that loss more than in bigger cities with figures indicating that 1 in 6 never returned from war.

Often they were on main arterial roads leading into town  or in the main town park or showground.

The "Avenue of Honour," in Ballarat is the longest, measuring 23 miles.

It was started by the girls of the town's textile factory, EL Lucas & Co. in remembrance of husbands and boyfriends that never returned from war.

The first 1000 trees were planted on June 3, 1917 and the last 4000 trees on August 16, 1919.

Trees were often exotic, beeches, oaks and elms at first but later native trees were used.

Roma, in Queensland has an avenue of bottle trees, (Brachychiton rupestris.)

You can search for avenues of honour through www.trove.nla.gov.au just type in what you’re looking for in the search box.

Or www.gardenhistorysociety.org.au and click on the advocacy tab or just search avenues, the list will pop up.

If you have any questions for me or for Stuart, why not write in to Realworldgardener@gmail.com or write in to 2rrr, PO Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675.

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