Other Tasmanian Avenues - Avoca
A large gathering of residents and people from all parts of the district, including the Warden and Mrs Rigney, assembled by the invitation of the rector (Rev T Taylor) in St Thomas’ Church to be present at an interesting function on Monday afternoon, when eight trees were planted as a soldiers’ memorial avenue each side of the road leading to the church. The state school scholars marched to the ground, and sang tow patriotic songs in a way which reflected great credit on their teachers (Mr. and Mrs Stewart). The proceedings opened with the hymn “Remember Lord.” The rector then gave an impressive address, and paid a warm tribute to the lads who had given their lives for justice and right, eight of whom were natives of Avoca, and ex-scholars of St Thomas’ Sunday school. The death roll has been very heavy for so small a community. Many touching scenes were witnessed as the trees were planted by the parents and relatives of the fallen heroes, the names of whom are: Sergeant Lewis McGee VC: Lieutenants P Fowler and King: Privates R Sale, J Parker, B Ayers, V Adams, Len Shelton, Harold Shelton (brothers) H Stanley, A Stanley, B Denaley [sic probably Delaney], W Conway, H Malkin, J Wright, L Grant, C Fletcher, J Gillies. The proceedings closed with the National Anthem. Afternoon tea was provided by the ladies.
Examiner August 31st 1918 p8
Description also in AWM N/C278 Clippings: Record of Memorials