100 year anniversary of Avenues

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100 year anniversary of the consecration and planting of trees to the memory of the fallen of WW1

The Alexandra Avenue and Prescott Terrace Avenues of Honour (the Avenues) is a living memorial to soldiers from the Burnside District who lost their lives during World War I. The plantation, which is registered on the State Heritage List, comprises English Oak and English Elm trees.

July 19 1919, the official date of the return of servicemen to Adelaide from WW1, was set aside as a major memoriam and welcome home parade day for Adelaide.

As part of these celebrations, a ceremony together with the official planting of the trees was undertaken in the Alexandra Avenue and Prescott Terrace plantations.

Then Chairman of the District Council (later City of Burnside), the state Governor, the Premier, and the Leader of the 10th Battalion, Colonel Price Weir, addressed a hundred-fold gathering on the day. The event featured a consecration address and dedication of the soldiers’ memorial trees.

The first specimens of English Elm were planted by the official delegates at this ceremony and thereafter specimens by relatives of the fallen. More history about the Avenues can be found in the Alexandra Prescott Conservation Management Plan.

19 July 2019 marks the 100 year anniversary of the consecration of the Avenues of Honour. The City of Burnside will honour this anniversary with a ceremony at the Avenues and the community is welcome to attend.

WHEN: Friday 19 July 2019, 10 am

WHERE: Corner Alexandra Avenue and Prescott Terrace, Rose Park

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