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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.

Mapping the Avenues

We know of at least 570 Avenues of Honour spread across Australia. You can see them all on this interactive Google Map.  Please note that the map may take a little while to load, depending on the speed of your Internet connection.

Some Avenues go back as early as the Boer War of 1899-1902, but the vast majority were planted before and after the First World War of 1914-1918. The Avenues of Honour Project is identifying and documenting all existing and lost Avenues of Honour and the people and events they commemorate. With the help of people around the country we have begun to compile a definitive record of each Avenue, even those which have been lost or which are currently in disrepair. Our goal is to ensure that every Australian who has fallen in war is commemorated with a tree within a thriving and well maintained Avenue of Honour. In the next five years we will be working with local communities to rediscover, restore or to replant Avenues of Honour around the country as part of the commemoration of the Anzac Centenary and the 100th anniversary of World War I.

You can help by telling us about the Avenues that you know about. The national map shows some of the information we have gathered on more than 570 Avenues. Can you tell us more?  Can you fill in any missing details? Do you have photographs or other artefacts to share?  Do you have a personal connection to the people commemorated or those who establaished and maintained the Avenue?

Are you interested in helping with our research on individual Avenues or on the Australians they commemorate and the people who planted them?  If you are, please contact us by email to share what you know.