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Avenue of Honour : 29-November-2012
Avenue of Honour : 29-November-2012

Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders / Roger Johnson

The Avenue of Honour was planted on Saturday 7 September 1918. The trees, Atlantic Cedars, commemorated 60 World War One servicemen and nurses from the Dartmoor District. The seedlings were planted simultaneously, and along roads from the main corner recognizing the direction from where the enlisted personnel or their relatives lived. The Avenue was replanted on Arbor Day 1929 after years of neglect.

Along with the trees there a number of wooden carvings comprising various subjects such as The Nurse, Bad News, At Arms, The Game, Parting, Three Services, The Boy, Over the Top.

In 1994 a plaque listing the names and respective tree locations was placed on the wall of the Dartmoor District Memorial Hall.
 

Location

Address:Greenham Street, Dartmoor, 3304
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.922267
Long: 141.276533
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Avenue of Honour
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW1
Actual Event STart Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 7th September, 1918
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The Avenue of Honour

The Avenue of Honour was planted on Saturday 7 September 1918.  The trees, Atlantic Cedars, commemorated 60 World War One servicemen & nurses from the Dartmoor District.  The seedlings were planted simultaneously, & along roads from the main corner recognizing the direction from where the enlisted personnel or their relatives lived.  Original name plates for the trees disappeared over time, so in 1994 a plaque listing the names and respective tree locations was placed on the wall of the Dartmoor District Memorial Hall.

The Passage of Time

Though the Avenue was planted with the concept of a `perpetual memory`, trees are not eternal.  In 1993 arborists identified many trees that were unhealthy & unsafe.  The Dartmoor District Progress Association began a consultative process with relatives of the remembered veterans and local residents, with a view to having a section of the avenue lopped & carved with suitable images & themes.  (A similar vision had been made a reality at Lakes Entrance, Victoria.)  Boards milled from the trees were to be kept for other public purposes : a carved timber memorial - mural & picnic tables & benches.

Source: MA
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