Jo’s-Monday-Walk250417-Wk17_ANZAC_DAY

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Jo’s Monday Walk

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ANZAC DAY 2017

Ballarat

 
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…

own memorial.

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.

It incorporates the Ballarat Arch of Victory and extends for

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.

Read on….

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4 thoughts on “Jo’s-Monday-Walk250417-Wk17_ANZAC_DAY

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  2. I dread to think of the horrors of being a surgeon in wartime, Woolly. My stomach churns just thinking about it. Thank you so much for doing me the honour of linking to my post.

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