Thursday, November 11, 2004


At the 11th hour on the 11th day I heard a minute's chainsaw.

The Ballarat Avenue of Honour
The Ballarat Avenue of Honour is significant as the earliest known memorial avenue to have been planted in Victoria, and appears to have stimulated similar plantings throughout Victoria in the years 1917 to 1921. They predominate in Victoria with the greatest concentration in the Central Highlands around Ballarat. These avenues represent a new egalitarian approach in the commemoration of soldiers where service rank was not a consideration and are illustrative of a peculiarly Australian, populist and vernacular response to the experience of the First World War

see also Tambo Upper The Avenue of Honour Project

Historic Lysterfield Avenue of Honour

War Memorials in Australia

Comments: rememberance

Ballarat P.O.W. Memorial is a new 'un.
Posted by Sedgwick at November 11, 2004 02:49 PM

A reminder to visit Ballarat and see it.
(Must avoid the big Eureka Fest crowds though...)

Years ago at Uni I went on a Aust History Field trip around the area. Finished with a vista of distant Skipton and its Avenue. (can't find a pic). It was a very poignant and physical image of loss for the small town.

Posted by boynton at November 11, 2004 03:01 PM

My old man (he of the never to be seen again midnight flit some 45 years ago - all that practice tunnelling out of prison camps [four in all] must have finally paid off) has his name on the POW memorial.

Know Skipton well. Pretty place, periodically all but razed by bushfires.
Posted by Sedgwick at November 11, 2004 03:30 PM

Not quite white noise, depends how close you are and what level of hearing you have left! I think this must be the 11th year that I've remembered the 11th day but forgotten the 11th hour.
Posted by Link at November 11, 2004 09:31 PM

I will look out for it, Sedge.

Where can you escape white noise I wonder?
I tried, piously, to fall silent despite it. ;)

Actually if you have the radio on - as I did, expecting to be led through silence, you get a few seconds (it seems) of dead air and 'The Last Post'.
Posted by boynton at November 12, 2004 12:14 PM

This made me look for a memorial to the Australian merchant marine, which turns out to be here, with names, in Canberra. The sculpture was done in 1973.

I found it through the equivalent American site, which uses a similar idea, though actually in the ocean which is a noticeably absent commodity from Canberra. That was dedicated in 1991.. so I presume ours inspired theirs.
Posted by David Tiley at November 17, 2004 08:44 PM

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