Established in 1919, this double-sided avenue of Camphor Laurel trees (Cinnamomum camphora) commemorates those who served in World War One.
The avenue of original memorial trees extends along what is now Anzac Avenue (renamed during WW2), from the intersection with West Street/Russell Street roundabout, south-west to the Hursley Street intersection.
When the avenue was being planned there was discussion about planting Australian trees, but Camphor Laurels were chosen for their hardiness.
“When the Toowoomba ANZAC Avenue is completed, the work for which is now half finished, it will be found to be one of the best of its kind in the State. The site chosen is along the Cemetery road, extending right from West-street to the boundary, a distance of two miles. The work is being carried out by the City Council in honour of the brave soldiers who fought so gallantly at the front, and it is hoped that the avenue will be a lasting means of perpetuating their memory. One of the features will be the inclusion of trees along the route, and it is estimated that 250 will be planted. When these grow to maturity they should make a very pretty sight.”
Warwick Daily News (Qld.), 26 August 1919.