Consecrating new names in the Avenues of Honour
This week we commemorate Peace Day, which was first held on 19 July 1919 as the official celebration of the end of World War 1.
On 19 July 1919, several hundred residents of the District of Burnside gathered at the junction of Prescott Terrace and Alexandra Avenue in Rose Park to plant, dedicate and consecrate the Avenues of Honour. Each tree represents a fallen soldier and is a living memorial to the fallen.
In 2021, a City of Burnside research group was tasked with investigating whether any fallen World War 1 soldiers of the District are yet to be acknowledged in the memorial. This search uncovered 22 names.
In a ceremony to be held at 11 am Thursday 4 August the 22 names will be added to the memorial, reunited with their mates, through interpretive plaques and the allocation of unassigned trees on Alexandra Avenue. Members of the public are warmly invited to attend. For further details visit https://tinyurl.com/2p9djzeu
Photograph: Alexandra Avenue, Rose Park circa 1930. Burnside Local History Collection.