The Moonta Avenue of Honour was established on the 25th of July 1947, with additional planting on the 11th of June 1948, to commemorate the local people who served in World War Two. Originally 24 trees were planted along Blanche Terrace in Moonta: 12 Jacaranda trees were planted in 1947 and 12 Poplar trees planted in 1948. The Avenue was destroyed at some stage or its whereabouts lost.
A different planting of memorial trees in the East Moonta church grounds was described in a 1920 newspaper article: An impressive ceremony took place at East Moonta on Saturday afternoon, when a memorial tree for each soldier from that place who fell in the war was planted in the church grounds. The proceedings opened with the singing of the National Anthem, an appropriate address was then given by the Rev J. A. H. Andrews. The planting of eleven trees by the next of kin of fallen soldiers followed, and the ceremony closed with the Benediction (Local and General.” Yorke’s Peninsula Advertiser, 17 September 1920, p.3).
The Moonta Area School has a Memorial Trail displaying history about the role of local people serving their country in times of conflict. For more information about this trail visit this website.
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Does the avenue/commemoration planting still exist?
If so, where is the precise location?
What is commemorated? eg. WW1, WW2 etc.
Who is commemorated? (if known).
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