To commemorate the Centenary of Anzac (2014-2018) the City of Ballarat, with the generous support of local institutions, committees, associations and individuals, launched a mobile website titled ‘Honouring Our Anzacs’. This easy to navigate platform enables access to the stories behind the 3,801 brave Ballarat men and women who fought for our country’s freedoms during the Great War. This mobile website is designed to enable access to the information available for those who have a memorial tree planted along the Ballarat Avenue of Honour.
While every effort has been made to ensure the information on this platform is complete, we seek the support of those who have in their possession the stories and photographs of those along the Ballarat Avenue of Honour.
If you have any information and particularly photos of any of the people mentioned on this web site, please contact the Arch of Victory/Avenue of Honour Committee.
COVID-19 restrictions have forced the cancellation of all public events for the foreseeable future.
July 19th - Battle of Fromelles. Last Sunday marked the 104th anniversary of the worst night in Australia’s history in terms of loss of life. In what was our first major action on the Western Front, almost 2000 Australian soldiers were killed in a disastrous charge at Fromelles in France. In that one night Australia lost more men than in the Boer War, the Korean War and the Vietnam War combined! On top of the 2000 killed, another 3500 were wounded. Not that Australians at home knew anything of it when they awoke on July 20th 1916. It would be a week or more before the tragic news started to filter through to anxious families in cities and towns across Australia.
More than 40 Ballarat men were killed in action or died of wounds sustained that night. Amongst those killed that night were the Daly brothers, James and William, Ernest Morshead, the brother of Sir Leslie Morshead, and Albert Lepp and Percy Hollioake from well known Ballarat East families. We can only imagine what the mood was like in Ballarat as word of this disaster reached the families of those men lost.
The Arch of Victory/Avenue of Honour Committee is not holding a commemorative service this year but still invites Ballarat citizens to leave a floral tribute below a soldier’s name on the Memorial Wall at the Arch or at the statue of the Grieving Mother.
August - Tree Planting. During August, following good autumn rains and with now favourable planting conditions, Ballarat City Council plans to replace more than sixty trees in the Avenue. Some trees have been lost as a result of vehicle accidents while others have succumbed to the passage of time. Following the planting, the Arch of Victory/Avenue of Honour Committee will supervise the reinstatement of sixty commemorative plaques and the on-site repair of another thirty, bringing our Avenue back to top condition.