Another Soldiers’ Avenue
New Norfolk Council’s Decision
At yesterday’s meeting of the New Norfolk Council it was decided to plant an avenue of trees at National-park, and to call it the Soldiers’ Avenue, in honour of the soldiers who have enlisted from the municipality.
Mr. William Crooke, of Hobart, forwarded a memorial from residents of the National-park and adjoining districts, asking that the New Norfolk Council should obtain from the Crown a reservation of a suitable area of land near Browning’s new bridge, at National-park, for the purposes of recreation and for the use of visitors, and suggested that the roadway from the National-park railway station to the Russell Falls River should be called the “Ellis Dean” Avenue.”
The Warden (Hon. Ellis Dean MLC) said that he had written to Mr. Crooke, suggesting that the name should be “Soldiers’ Avenue,” and Mr. Crooke had replied, “I sympathise with your modest scruples against a prominent recognition of public services. I myself held similar views for many years, till I found that the only result of such personal abnegation was that, while those who deserved some distinction were overlooked, those who had performed no useful public service were remembered. I still think it would be well to call the call the Ellis Dan Avenue. Let us call the Russell River, the Anzac rover, make the new christening a fine and impressive spring function. I do not wish personally to raise any objection to calling the roadway to the park the Soldiers’ Avenue, or, better still, as being more euphonious and significant, the Anzac Avenue, as there is no honour too great to bestow upon our brave soldiers, so many of whom went o their death from our peaceful and loyal Derwent valley.”
A circular was also read from Captain Ogilvy, hon. actin organising secretary to the State recruiting Committee, suggesting that, as the planting season was approaching, an avenue of trees should be planted to commemorate the names of those in the district who responded to the Empire’s call for help in her fight for liberty and justice, and that a tree should be planted and reserved in commemoration of each Tasmanian who enlisted.
It was decided to concur with the petition with respect to the recreation ground reserve, and the clerk was instructed accordingly.
Councillor McGann said that Mr. Crooke was anxious that the Avenue be called the Ellis Dean Avenue but, though the Warden had done a lot for the district, the soldiers should come first. He knew the Warden was not anxious to have his name perpetuated in preference to the soldiers. he therefore moved, “That this council cause an avenue of trees to be planted in memory of the soldiers who have enlisted from tis district, the avenue to be from the railway station at National-park along both sides of the road to the Russell River, and that it be called the Solders’ Avenue.”
Councillor Marshall seconded.
Councillor Nicholson asked who would bear the expense of the avenue?
The Clerk: The cost will be raised by public subscription.
The resolution was then carried.