The Team

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David Lawry OAM
Founder, Avenues of Honour

David Lawry OAM founded the “Avenues of Honour 1915-2015” project in 2004.
He is also responsible for co-founding TREENET (Tree and Roadway Experimental and Educational Network) in 1997 with Dr Jennifer Gardner, curator of the Waite Arboretum and was its Director until December 2012.  In 2013 in his new role dedicated to Avenues of Honour, David has a special focus driving and coordinating the project which will coincide with the Centenaries of ANZAC in 2015 and Armistice days in 2018.  With a Degree in Agricultural Science and a long horticultural history in the nursery and landscaping industry, David is a respected champion for the emerging science aimed at improving the establishment and retention of trees in urban settings, particularly street trees.

In 2008 he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia:

“For service to arboriculture and the environment, particularly through research and support for sustainable plantings in the urban landscape, and to the community through the Avenues of Honour project.” 

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Glenn Williams
Director TREENET

Glenn Williams took up the role of Director of TREENET in January 2013.
In addition to a past life as an educator in primary schools and TAFE, Glenn had been involved in natural resource management as a rural landholder and community volunteer for over 26 years.

As Natural Heritage Manager with the National Trust of South Australia Glenn was responsible for the Trust’s Register of Significant Trees.  From the outset and supported by an august team of experts comprising the Significant Tree Team, Glenn easily increased his love affair with culturally significant trees.  Glenn continues to support SA’s Significant Tree Team and the Australian National Trusts’ Register of Significant Trees and the work around significant tree issues and championing the conservation of the urban forest.


4 thoughts on “The Team

  1. Michael Henning

    Hello gentlemen,
    Several months ago, someone had planted a rosemary bush at the front of our Maroochy Neighbourhood Centre in Cotton Tree, Sunshine Coast, Queensland. There is a sign with the planted rosemary bush – Avenue of Honour Project 2015, with the accompanying website: There is another sign next to it stating that the rosemary bush came from an original bush brought back to Australia by a digger in 1915, from Anzac Cove.
    The mystery is, we don’t know who planted this bush or erected the signs. I have logged onto your website to check the authenticity of this. I am wondering if anyone knows how it came to our Centre and who planted it. Given that the celebrations of the ANZAC Centenery is next year, we are wondering how this reosemary bush can be used?
    Thank you.
    Michael Henning

  2. Bob Kirk

    Hello David,

    I hope this finds you. I have fired off a few emails trying to get more information on 2 local AoH listed on your map, although I’m not sure where/if these have gone to. I would appreciate a chance to talk with you if possible. Many thanks – Bob Kirk – Goulburn 0418 217 520

  3. Dr Michael Simpson

    Would you please enter the following heritage listed Memorial Avenue.
    MONTVILLE MEMORIAL PRECINCT; Quenslamd heritage Register :602616 ,28 August 2008

    The ‘Village Green’ is a triangular park formed by Memorial Close (north), Razorback Road (south) and Main Street (west). Memorial Close is between the park and the memorial gates. The six memorial trees are evenly spaced in a row along the northern edge of the park opposite the gates.

    The memorial trees are tall spreading figs (Ficus benjamina) that overhang Memorial Close and much of the park. Other smaller trees and shrubs grow in the park (including three Ficus obliqua on the south-west side) and together with the memorial trees create an extensive green shady area. The park is covered with lawn except under the trees and where there are small garden plots along the Main Street edge. A low stone wall runs at intervals along this edge. There is a flagpole at the north western corner of the park.

    Each of the memorial trees bears a small brass plaque inscribed with ‘1914-1918’, the name of one of the dead from World War I, and ‘Lest We Forget’.
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    .Montville’s memorial trees were planted by children from the nearby Montville State School as an Arbour Day project in September 1923.


    The memorial gates are located at the front (southern end) of the hall. The gates and associated fences form a semi-circle around the front of the main part of the hall. They comprise four sandstone pillars supporting wrought iron fences and a wrought iron gate. The two pillars supporting the gates are larger than the others. A flag pole is located at each end of the structure.
    Rectangular marble slabs containing the names of the enlisted and also the names of those rejected for service are mounted on the front of the pillars supporting the gates. The lettering is dark grey in appearance. The left pillar contains the words ‘Erected by the residents of Montville District in appreciation of those residents who enlisted in the Great War 1914-1919’. Beneath this are the names of the six men who died. A list of thirty three names is inscribed on the right pillar under the heading ‘Enlisted’. Beneath this is a list of a further six names under the heading ‘Rejected’.

    1. editor

      Hello Michael,
      Thanks for bringing to our attention the Montville Memorial Precinct and the excellent detail about the commemorative Fig Trees forming the Montville Avenue of Honour. Being able to connect actual, individual servicemen to the Avenue is just so important.
      Your prompt encouraged an internet search which subsequently revealed more about the small Montville community during that era of the First World War.
      Are you able to provide any digital images of the Montville commemorative plantings? If so you are welcome to email them directly to or contact Glenn on 0448 599 955 for more options.
      Thanks again for alerting us to a fabulous addition to the Avenues of Honour database.
      All the best,
      The AoH Team


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