|Entrance to Avenue of Honour, 14 miles long, the Lucas Girls tribute to Ballarat soldiers Image of postcard published by Rose Stereographs from State Library of New South Wales retrieved from http://22.214.171.124/item/itemDetailPaged.aspx?itemID=69960 9 March 2014|
Avenues of Honour planted during and after World War I are an Australian innovation. The avenue at Ballarat was one of the first.
3,900 trees altogether were planted. The Lucas girls also raised funds for an Arch of Victory at the beginning of the avenue. The Arch was opened by the Prince of Wales on 2 June 1920.
|“AVENUE OF HONOR.”. (1917, June 5). Warrnambool Standard(Vic. : 1914 – 1918), p. 4 Edition: DAILY.. Retrieved January 19, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73930919|
The Argus reported the opening of the Arch of Victory: REST FOR THE PRINCE. (1920, June 3). The Argus(Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957), p. 7. at http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1707916
Several years later the Argus wrote a feature article on the avenue: BALLARAT’S AVENUE OF HONOUR. (1922, April 15). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957), p. 5. at http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4665883
One of the men was Alan Lawrie who is pictured standing next to his tree.
|Mrs C Chisholm (Creator) Negative – Alan Lawrie Standing Next to his Tree in the Avenue of Honour, Ballarat, Victoria, pre 1925. Museum Victoria. Reg. No: MM 001068 retrieved from http://museumvictoria.com.au/collections/items/768849/negative-alan-lawrie-standing-next-to-his-tree-in-the-avenue-of-honour-ballarat-victoria-pre-1925|
Roderick Allen Lawrie enlisted in March 1915 aged 20 years with the permission of his mother. He was a draper’s assistant. (National Archives of Australia Series B2455; LAWRIE Roderick Allan : Service Number – 3169 : Place of Birth – Ballarat VIC : Place of Enlistment – Ballarat VIC : Next of Kin – (Mother) LAWRIE Alice. Digital copy of dossier at http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/scripts/Imagine.asp?B=7377828)
|The Avenue of Honour at the Lower Homebush school|
|The Homebush Honor Roll at the beginning of the Avenue of Honour at Lower Homebush school|
|Avenue of Honour in Bacchus March By Wcwu (Self-photographed) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Avenue_of_Honour_in_Bacchus_Marsh.jpg|