The Buninyong sub-branch of the RSL is working on the restoration of the 2km-long World War I Avenue of Honour which commences at the Fire Station and runs along Learmonth Street to a point just past the new Buninyong entrance sign near the Tandarra Estate.
This Avenue was planted in 1917. The 140 trees originally planted were oaks, poplars and elms, and each tree had a memorial marker.
Currently, the trees are in poor state and all of the original commemorative markers are missing. The project will restore the beautiful tree avenue and install a stone plaque to each tree commemorating a member of the services from the former Buninyong Shire district who was killed or died on active service in World War I
The project is funded by the State Government’s ‘Restoring Community War Memorials’ Fund and the City of Ballarat. The Buninyong & District Community Association, the Buninyong & District Historical Society, and other local service groups have supported the project.
Approximately 550 people from the Shire of Buninyong served in World War I, including the 125 who died in action. Their names are listed on the brick memorial at RSL Park, corner of Learmonth and Warrenheip Streets.
The RSL invites anyone with a relative from the district who died in service in World War I to call 5341 2844 and check their name is included in records now being researched.
A reopening ceremony for the Avenue of Honour is planned in early 2017.