Tree-Lined Remembrance: The Avenue of Honour in Morningside

Did you know that there’s a monument called the Avenue of Honour in Morningside? It’s a striking avenue of weeping fig trees (Ficus benjamina) which stands as a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made during World War One. 

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Nestled within Balmoral Park along Jean Howie Drive, this living memorial invites locals and visitors alike to connect with history and pay their respects to the fallen heroes. This green corridor stretches across the park, serving as a living memorial, with each tree representing a fallen soldier from the local shire.

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During World War I, a large number of people living in the Bulimba electoral district signed up to serve in the military. Records show that no less than 80 residents from the district lost their lives over the course of the conflict.

Originally planted in 1919, the Avenue of Honour was a joint effort between the Welcome Home Committee and the Balmoral Shire Council, a former local government in Queensland. A total of 70 trees were initially planted, each bearing a metal plaque with the name of a deceased soldier and the Australian Infantry Battalion crest, gifted by the council.

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Over a century later, the Avenue remains a cherished landmark, with 16 of the original trees and 14 replanted specimens still standing tall as at 2015. 

More than just a commemorative site, the Avenue of Honour in Morningside is a testament to the resilience of nature and the enduring spirit of remembrance. Its presence serves as a gentle reminder to pause, reflect, and honour the memory of those who fought for our freedom.

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Whether you’re a history buff, a nature enthusiast, or simply someone seeking a moment of quiet contemplation, the Avenue of Honour in Morningside offers a unique opportunity to engage with the past and appreciate the sacrifices made for our present.

Published 28-April-2024