Other Tasmanian Avenues - Ellendale
Notes from Ellendale
Tree Planting and Sale of Gifts
On Friday trees were planted here by the sides of the road leading from the post office to Donaghy’s mill, in commemoration of those who had fallen in the great war which is now going on in Europe. The day was a wet one, but despite the weather there were visitors from remote districts, including Mr and Mrs Pitt and Rev Hutchinson, form Hamilton, Mr and Mrs Dean, Mr Shoobridge, Mrs Parker and others. The trees were planted and a guard placed around each. Short speeches were made by several friends, and the group dispersed to the Temperance Hall, where a sale of articles was made on behalf of the OAS and prisoners of war funds. A substantial sum was realised, which will benefit the two funds named to the extent of eighteen pounds each. Considering the inclement weather, this was a very good amount, and great credit is due to the members of the committee who arranged the function.
Weekly Courier Sept 1918
The avenue of trees in honour of them who have enlisted from Ellendale was planted on Friday, August 23.
The Warden and Mrs Pitt, Mrs parker OBE and a large and representative gathering of Ellendale people and visitors from the surrounding district were present. Proceedings began with hymn “O, God, Our help in Ages Past.” The Warden then introduced Chaplin Bethune, of Claremont Camp, who spoke of the men at the front and of those who had made the supreme sacrifice. Corporal R O Shoobridge spoke for the Returned Soldiers’ Association and urged men to enlist. He said he had been compelled to come home severely wounded, but would return to the front as soon as the doctor pronounced him again fit for active service. The Hon. Ells Dean followed with a stirring recruitment speech. The National Anthem was then sung, after which the Warden called for three cheers for the King and the men at the front. The Rev. A E Hutchinson called for three cheers for the men who had not gone, but would go. These were heartily given.
The parents and relatives of the men who had enlisted planted the trees for the fallen, namely, Privates Angus Holmes, James Bentley, Alf and Arthur Clark, Gordon heron, and Henric Nicholas. Mr. R O Shoobridge, as a returned soldier and a mate of Henric Nicholas, planted a tree to his memory. Trees were also planted in honour of the other 17 soldiers who had enlisted from Ellendale.
A gift afternoon was held in the Temperance Hall in aid of the OAS and Prisoner of War funds, at which the excellent sum of 37 3s was netted. The stallholders were Mesdames Rolls, Cashion, Cook, and Miss Saunders, with Mrs Rayner as secretary and Miss Saunders as treasurer. The funds were greatly augmented by raffles. The sheep, band note and goose were returned by the winner, and sold to help swell the funds. A dance was held afterwards in connection with the gift afternoon.
Mercury August 31st 1918 p5
Hamilton Soldiers Memorial
The Hamilton Council at its September meeting decided on letters from the hon. secretaries of the soldiers’ memorial tree planting committees at Ouse and Ellendale, to accept the gift of the trees and guards at those places and that they be under the protection of the council.
Mercury September 13th 1918 p5
Record of Memorials
We have a memorial avenue of horse chestnut trees, opened in 1918. We propose to erect a Litch gate for the gun to our public recreation ground within which we will place the gun on brackets. Cost of gate £10, money raised by entertainments and subscriptions.
We propose to pace the gun in the State School if it arrives before the gate is finished as we have no other public buildings.
Signed J R Clarke,
Hon Secretary Sep 25th 1920
AWM N/C278 Memorial Clippings