The Kempton Memorial Avenue, Tasmania, was established to commemorate each local soldier who enlisted for WW1 service. Not all came home. Those that did were never the same.
The double-sided row of Golden Monterey Cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa ‘Aurea’), flanks part of Memorial Avenue (the old highway at the southern entrance to the town, now bypassed by the Midland Highway).
No original plaques remain on the surviving trees. One original plaque had been located. It is understood this plaque is kept by the Brighton Green Ponds RSL Sub-Branch, Kempton.
The residents of Kempton gathered together last week to plant an avenue of trees along principal in the town to the memory of the soldiers who have gone from there. A busy scene was enacted, when men, women, and children engaged in the work. An engine, lent by Mr Goodwin, was used for cutting the timber into the required length. The work could not be completed owing to the shortage of timber. It is expected that about thirty trees will be planted. [The Mercury August 22nd 1918 page 6] Source: Soldiers Memorial Avenue website