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Published Tuesday 31 August 2021

Commemorating Wallan Avenue of Honour's 103rd anniversary

Mitchell Shire Council and the Custodians of the Avenue of Honour on High Street in Wallan would like to acknowledge the 103rd anniversary of the planting.

A joint project between the Custodians, Council, and the Victorian Government to install brand new name plaques is now on hold due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

A grant was obtained through the Victorian Government’s Veterans Affairs Community War Memorials and Avenues of Honour Grant Program to renew the plaques to replace exiting damaged nameplates and ensure the survival of the plaques into the future.

All 53 of the plaques will be updated to be robust, vandal-proof, and avoid decay over time to ensure the military history of Mitchell Shire is maintained for generations to come

They will be made from stainless steel and mounted in a small concrete footing at the base of the trees, one metre from the tree to minimise root damage.

The original plaques will be removed from the tree trunks to avoid any future damage to the trees.

The project is fully supported after extensive consultation with the Wallan Commemorative Committee who are the custodians of the Avenue of Honour.

The plaques were set to be in place for the 103-year anniversary of the original tree planting on August 31, however, timelines will be reviewed after restrictions are lifted.

Council thanks the Wallan Commemorative Committee, the Kilmore Wallan RSL Sub-Branch and the Victorian Government for their assistance in this project.

A message from Major Tony Gill Retired

Major Tony Gill Retired is the custodian of the Wallan Memorial and surrounds. He has been involved with the Mitchell Shire restoration and enhancement of the Wallan Memorial, Memorial Square and the Avenue of Honour as part of the Wallan Town Heart Enhancement Project.

"The latest sub-project includes the replacement of name plaques for each of the 53 World War I Veterans named on the Memorial to each of the Avenue of Honour Trees," he said.

"This was to coincide with the 103rd anniversary of the original planting of the Avenue of Honour by the community of Wallan on Saturday 31 August 1918.

"It has been a pleasure to have been given the opportunity to be involved in such an important community project that commemorates our Veterans. On Behalf of the Veteran’s and community of Wallan and district, I extend an appreciation and thanks to the Victorian Government and Mitchell Shire for acknowledging our call for the replacement of our Avenue of Honour Tree name plaques.

"I hope to see this completed soon."

This page was last updated on 31 August 2021.