The Soldiers Walk, Queens Domain, Hobart
 

 

Other Tasmanian Avenues - Ouse

Soldiers’ Avenue

So far no date is fixed for the planting of the trees in memory of our fallen soldiers.

Weekly Courier August 8th 1918 p33

 

(Ouse Riplets by Pierrot) Tree Planting

Many Ouse and Hamilton residents assembled at the Post Office to take part in the ceremony of planting trees to the memory of our fallen soldiers. Mr. A S Cook, the hon. secretary of the movement had all in readiness, and the day was fine. Archdeacon Whitington journeyed from Hobart, as did also Lieut. Jones, the latter to represent the Returned Soldiers’ and Sailors’ League. The archdeacon addressed the people assembled. Lieut. Jones spoke in feeling terms of the sacrifices of the many fallen comrades. The teacher (Mr. N O Ives) marched the schoolchildren to the Post Office. The hymn, “O God, Our Help in Ages Past,” led by the scholars, and the singing of the National Anthem brought the proceedings to a close. Trees were planted by the relatives in memory of the following: - Charles Heawood, Oscar Heawood (brothers), Lance-Corporal Henry Nicholas, Oliver Brown, Frank Cashion, John Wrigley, Hector McCarthy, Roland Saunders, Lieut. Campbell, Charles Pearce. A willow tree was planted by returned soldiers to commemorate the victory of the allies. Afternoon tea was served in the library. The proceeds of the tea are to be devoted to the Red Cross funds.
Ouse
Southern Tasmania
Aug 26

Weekly Courier August 29th 1918 p33

 

Soldiers’ Memorial

The ceremony of planting trees along the Ouse township part of the main road to perpetuate the memory of fallen soldiers took place last week. The parents and relatives of the fallen, together with a very large gathering from all surrounding districts, assembled at the post office, awaiting the arrival of the Warden (Mr. F C K Pitt), Archdeacon Whitington (senior chaplain), Lieutenant Jones (Returned Soldiers’ and Sailors’ League), the council clerk, councillors, and other prominent citizens in Hamilton municipality. These arrived at 4 p.m., after the tree-planting ceremony at Hamilton. The Warden asked the chaplain to address the assemblage. The Archdeacon said it could not be denied that the war was not of our making, and that the British Empire was fighting for a very righteous cause. The gallant lads who had fallen, by giving their lives ungrudgingly for this great cause, had paved the way for final victory, which they all felt was now clearer in sight. As an Australian, he felt extremely proud of the fact the Australian lads had achieved such great military honours; and it was a special privilege for him to be present at this function of tree-planting which was to perpetuate their memory. Lieutenant Jones referred to the light –heartedness of our soldiers, and how they went cheerfully into action, and those who came were still cheerful, despite their wounds and trials. He especially drew attention to the splendid characteristics of the Australian womenfolk in the great sacrifice. They were brave to the last. The tree-planting was only the outward sign; hew anted the people to think of these fallen lads from their hearts, and never forget that they had helped to clear the way towards final victory to ensure a lasting peace. The hymn, “O God, our help in ages past,” the National Anthem’” and “Our Men,” were sung by all present, the scholars of the State-school participating. The secretary (Mr A S Cook) and his committee had everything in readiness, and the trees were planted by the relatives of the fallen men. Lieutenant Jones also planted a special tree to commemorate the Allies’ victory of the last few days, as the objectives they had achieved would, he said, finally lead up to victory. The Warden initiated the idea of tree-planting, and his committee worked hard in making the arrangements. The ladies of the Ouse provided afternoon tea, which was served out in the Library-hall. The proceeds, amounting to £2 16s., are to be devoted to the Red Cross Fund.

Mercury September 21st 1918 p5

 


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