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.
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.
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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The Port Adelaide Football Club has become the ambassador of a unique initiative designed to ensure the fallen are never forgotten.
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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.
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.
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.