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Soldiers Avenue at Freshwater was planted in memory of those who died in service or were killed in action during World War One and Two. The trees were originally planted in memory of those who lost their lives in World War One. 

The first trees in the Avenue of Honour at Freshwater were planted along what was formerly called Matheson Street but renamed Soldiers Ave about 1922 or 1923. It is thought the first tree was planted near the corner of Oliver Street to honour members of Freshwater SLSC.

There are numerous mentions of the memorial in the minutes of Warringah Council meetings throughout the 1920s and 1930s, particularly regarding requests from individuals and organisations for missing or dead trees to be replaced or for tree guards to be repainted. Some of the remaining trees were planted after World War One and some were planted after World War Two.

In May 2011 the Soldiers Avenue of Honour Action Group asked Warringah Council to help it get the avenue listed on the state register, after which the he council appointed a heritage landscape architect to assess the avenue and its worthiness for state listing.

The heritage landscape architect reported that only two of the trees in the street date from the 1920s and that increasingly tougher standards for state heritage listing would preclude Soldiers Avenue. He said this did not mean the avenue is not of heritage significance, just that it is of local rather than state significance.

In 2013, Friends of Freshwater president Peter Harley said local residents are determine to keep pushing for state listing for the trees, the plaques and the two remaining plinths. He said there are 66 trees in the Avenue of Honour, mainly Queensland brushboxes, and that the fact some of them were planted after World War Two to replace trees planted after World War One is irrelevant.


Address:Soldiers Avenue , Freshwater, 2096
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.776891
Long: 151.284427
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Avenue of Honour
Monument Theme:Conflict
Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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