Burnside & District - Fallen Soldiers Memorial Trees - Rose Park

Details

Location Alexandra Avenue and Prescott Terrace, Rose Park, South Australia, Australia
Type memorial_planting
Description

Avenue of Trees

Letter from the Rose Park Improvement Association to Burnside Council, 1918

In 1918, a group of men who appointed themselves the "Rose Park Improvement Association" pledged £200 towards the planting of trees throughout the area, and in July 19th 1919 was set aside for "Official Peace Day Celebrations", and a ceremony was held on a dais at the junction of the streets. Plaques were affixed to the trees to remember the fallen - it is unknown, in the present day, how an 'association' to the area was declared, but records suggest that those on the roll were either born, schooled or worked in the Burnside area.

The choice of trees as a memorial is particularly poignant - a living, evergreen memorial that must be maintained by those that come after.

"An impressive ceremony took place on July 19 (1919), at Rose Park, when Soldiers' Memorial avenues were planted at Alexandra Avenue and Prescott Terrace in the presence of a large company of spectators, in honor of the soldiers who enlisted from the Burnside district, with a special tree to each of the men who fell. The chairman of the Burnside District Council (Councillor J. A. Harper) presided. His Excellency the Governor was received by the chairman and other members of the council, a guard of honour being formed by the 1st Troop Rose Park Boy Scouts. Selections were played by the Rose Park School Band.

Mr. F Johns (secretary of the Memorial Committee) announced that he had had handed to him 70 patriotic emblems, bearing devices of the Allied nations, which were to be given to the relatives who planted trees that day in memory of the fallen.

They had been presented by Mesdames Leon and Mouchette and were intended as souvenirs of the occasion. Chaplain Rev. G. W. Kendrew offered the dedicatory prayer.

His Excellency planted the first tree, and the Premier, the chairman of the District Council, the Chairman of the Improvement Association, and Colonel Price Weir, D.S.O. also planted trees. Relatives of the fallen men followed, and Troop-leader Albert Ind sounded 'The Last Post.' About 80 men from the district have fallen.
Chronicle (Adelaide), 26th July 1919.

Alexandra Avenue and Prescott Terrace are thoroughfares divided by a plantation of lawn and trees. On either side, at each crossroad of Alexandra Avenue (Webb Street, Victoria Terrace and Close Street) and Prescott Terrace (Hewitt Street and Watson Street) is a bronze plaque affixed to a granite boulder giving the names of those Burnside and District soldiers who were killed in WW1.

The iconic statue, 'Helping Hand', was commissioned in 1920 and unveiled in 1924 to much local fanfare. The soldier in the statue reaches back to help a friend, referencing the spirit of mateship that has become so associated with Australian forces in the First World War. The names at the base of each of the 87 trees correspond to the names of the Fallen commemorated on the magnificent memorial topped by the bronze sculpture of an infantry soldier.  Each of 87 trees is dedicated to one of those soldiers. In 1955 several trees were cut down and removed for street widening, new trees were planted when the road alterations were completed.

In 2022 a further 22 names of men born or raised in Burnside were added in a separate grove of trees at the western end of Alexandra Avenue, having been researched by a volunteer group working under the auspices of the Burnside Council.

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Built 1919
Opened 19 July 1919 by HE The Governor of SA Sir Thomas Bridges
Inscription

Alexandra Avenue:Webb Street: East side:

FALLEN SOLDIERS MEMORIAL TREES

Victoria Terrace:East side:

FALLEN SOLDIERS MEMORIAL TREES

West Side:

FALLEN SOLDIERS' MEMORIAL TREES

 Close Street:West Side

CITY OF BURNSIDESOLDIERS MEMORIAL AVENUESTHESE TREES WERE CONSECRATED AND PLANTED TO THE MEMORY OF THE FALLEN ON SATURDAY, 19TH JULY, 1919

Prescott Terrace:From Alexandra AvenueWatson Street:

FALLEN SOLDIERS MEMORIAL TREES

 Hewitt Street:

FALLEN SOLDIERS MEMORIAL TREES

 Kensington Road:

CITY OF BURNSIDE SOLDIERS MEMORIAL AVENUES THESE TREES WERE CONSECRATED AND PLANTED TO THE MEMORY OF THE FALLEN ON SATURDAY 19TH JULY 1919

 

 

Condition

MAINTAINED BY: Burnside Council

PECULIARITIES/DAMAGE: Nil

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Names

Showing 8 people of interest from memorial

PITT, Harold Edward

Service number 2862
Lance Corporal
43rd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 28 Apr 1885

LELANT, George Edward

Service number 2800
Private
12th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 10 Aug 1892

ARCHIBALD, Clifford Harrold

Service number 2783
Private
10th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 16 Nov 1895

BERRY, Francis Forbes

Service number 1977
Private
48th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 27 Jan 1884

SLAPE, Francis William

Service number 3479
Corporal
50th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born Jun 1898

HARVIE, Arthur Gilmour

Service number 4797
Private
50th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 18 Aug 1887

SANDO, Sydney Joseph

Service number 2404
Private
48th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 20 Oct 1896

BLEECHMORE, Eric Frank

Service number 6217
Private
10th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 22 Nov 1895

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