The Avenue of Honour is a grove of trees planted as a memorial to local soldiers who fell in times of war.
Originally, Middleton Road featured the Avenue of Honour. Planted in 1921 as a memorial to soldiers of World War 1, it had suffered considerable damage by the 1950s with many trees in a dangerous state and requiring removal.
...each tree commemorating a single soldier
In 1955 while Apex Drive was being constructed, Ross Steel, a WWI veteran suggested relocating the Avenue to the new road, and expanding the grove to represent those who also fell during World War 2 and the Korean War.
In 1956, the Albany RSL and Apex Clubs joined to plant a new grove of Eucalyptus Robusta trees, with each tree commemorating a single soldier. Original plaques were refurbished and relocated, and new ones added for later conflicts.
Today, the Avenue is maintained by dedicated Albany RSL volunteers. The Avenue of Honour is located on Apex Drive and is part of the Albany Heritage Park precinct.
Article updated 29/10/2016.