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A memorial avenue commemorates those who served in World War One. Over 70 trees were planted on the main road in 1919 to commemorate those who served. Five of the trees were removed in 1941 during the construction of the bridge over the Styx River.

The construction of a new steel and concrete bridge over the Styx River at Bushy Park has necessitated the removal of five large chestnut trees in the Soldiers' Memorial Avenue. The removal of the trees was necessary to overcome a dangerous approach to the new bridge.

The trees were planted soon after the First World War in memory of Edney Shadwick, John Tasman O'Neal, Gerald Morris, G. Arthur Ransley, and Albert Salier, who were killed in action. The Bushy Park Progress Association, which has been responsible for the care of the trees during the past 20 years, sanctioned their removal to a point near the existing wooden bridge, which will be demolished when the new structure is completed.

The transfer of the trees was completed yesterday, and employees from estates at Bushy Park and Glenora assisted in the work. The operations were carried out under the direction of Mr. I. Thornicroft, curator of the Hobart Botanical Gardens. The overseer In charge of the bridge work (Mr. N. G. Excell) and men employed on the job, operated the haulage gear, which was used to uproot the trees.
The Mercury (Hobart), 6th June 1935.


Address:Gordon River Road, Bushy Park, 7140
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -42.708488
Long: 146.90343
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Avenue of Honour
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event STart Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1919
Source: MA,SKP
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