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Mrs W. D. Thompson : 07-December-2011
Mrs W. D. Thompson : 07-December-2011

Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

A tree planted by the Rats of Tobruk Association commemorates Mrs. W. D. Thompson M.B.E.

The planting of the Avenue of Honour commenced in June 1917 on the suggestion of Mrs W. D. Thompson, a director of clothing firm E. Lucas and Company, Ballarat, that an avenue of trees be planted in honour of the men and women of the district who had enlisted for service.

Following cessation of hostilities in 1919 and completion of the avenue plantings, the 'Lucas Girls' led by Mrs W. D. Thompson began planning and fund raising for a commemorative arch to provide an entrance to the Avenue of Honour.

She was awarded an M.B.E. in 1941. 


Address:Wendouree Parade, Botanical Gardens, Ballarat, 3350
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.547608
Long: 143.821925
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Tree
Monument Theme:People


Front Inscription

The Rats of Tobruk Association

No Surrender 

In memory of Mrs W D Thompson MBE

Source: MA
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