Jo’s Monday Walk
ANZAC DAY 2017
Ballarat, although never being much more, or less,
than an hours drive from where I have lived
is not a city I have visited very often.
This is despite the fact that it is steeped in history
as a centre of the gold rush days of the 1800s
through to its contribution and commemoration to
world conflicts in which Australia has participated.
When I think of Ballarat I think of
Sturt Streets Avenue of Honour
which I have only discovered today
commences where I thought it ended…
at the Arch of Victory.
My first image is of a statue of
Major General Harold Edward “Pompey” Elliott,
who was a senior officer in the Australian Army
during the First World War.
After the war he served as a Senator for Victoria
in the Australian parliament. (Source: Wikipedia)
Sir Albert Coates, born in Ballarat, was
an Australian surgeon and soldier.
He served as a medical orderly
in World War I serving on Gallipoli,
and as a senior surgeon for
the Australian Army Medical Corps
in World War II in Malaya. (Source: Wikipedia)
Further along is a memorial to all those conscripted…
and ordered to serve in Wars closer to home.
Although I was declared unfit to join the army,
being conscripted was one of the few ‘raffles’
I have won in my lifetime.
With the lack of respect of many of today’s younger generation
I think twelve month compulsory conscription
would not be a bad thing.
However, this does not mean every conscript
would be automatically ordered to war.
My God son has recently enlisted and apart from
a few ups and downs is enjoying his basic training,
according to his family.
Various Wars close to Australasia.
World War II is also remembered with its…
Double click this image to enlarge and read inscription.
However, I am not sure what his WW II monument
is supposed to symbolise.
Around this time of year Ballarat is known
for its Begonia Festival.
These red begonias are planted especially for ANZAC Day…
and are usually in full bloom this week
according to the gardener fertilising them.
A few kilometres drive further along Sturt Street
and you will come across
Ballarat’s Arch of Victory.
When conducting some research for this post I discovered that
this is the beginning of The Avenue of Honour.
The Ballarat Avenue of Honour is famous for being the
first avenue of its kind in Australia (perhaps in the world)
and the longest of its kind in the southern hemisphere.
It is acknowledged, however, that there were other
Avenues of Honour which preceded Ballarat’s,
but none are as long.
approximately 22 kilometres along the Western Highweay.
In total, the trees represent 3912 Ballarat and district men and
women who served in World War One – 528 of whom
were killed in battle or died of wounds or disease.
The trees were planted in order of the soldiers enlistment
along the Western Highway, consisting of 3,771 trees.
(Source: Ballarat Avenue of Honour)
With an Avenue of Honour that long
it is unlikely that we will forget.
At the time of my visit, mid February,
just left of the Arch of Victory is another
memorial to those who suffered
as a consequence of War.