Normanville Avenue of Honour

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Place Category: South AustraliaPlace Tags: WW1

  • Profile

    This is the first known avenue of honour planted in Australia and historically known as “Clark’s Living Roll of Honour“.

    19 Moreton Bay Figs were planted by Mr. R.B. Clark in honour of each volunteer from the area who fought in World War I. It is also Australia’s first privately funded and donated living memorial to the Great War, before the concept of the Anzac Memorial was recognised.

    Only 8 survivors of the original 19 trees planted along the Main Road through, Normanville, (Fleurieu Peninsula south of Adelaide), remain.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    In his PhD Thesis “First World War Avenues of Honour: Social History through the Landscape”, 2018, Federation University, Michael Taffe, author and historian reveals the Normanville trees formed the first WW1 war memorial avenue in Australia, beginning on 13th May 1915.

    “The trees used were Moreton Bay figs that had been provided by and planted by Mr R. B. Clark and were ‘intended to serve as a living monument to his [each volunteer] gallantry’. Each tree had the soldier’s name and details attached.” pp 130-131

     

  • More Info
    * Name (Original Database):

    Lady Bay

    * Town:

    Normanville

    * Details:

    Main Road from Jetty Road intersection to Bungala Park (opposite Norman Avenue)

    * OP:

    19 trees

    * Species:

    Moreton Bay Fig (Ficus macrophylla)

    * Species (modified):

    Moreton Bay Fig (Ficus macrophylla)

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