Monday, April 15, 2013

Honouring the memory of our war heroes

Victorians are invited to become involved in an innovative pilot project - The Avenues of Honour 1915-2015 - honouring the memory of more than 102,000 Australians who died in the service of their country

David Lawry and Dr Darren Peacock will be presenting at the Royal Historical Society of Victoria on Tuesday 16 April, discussing how the project works and how local historical societies can become involved.
“The Avenues of Honour 1915-2015 project is a national initiative to honour with a tree the memory of every individual who has made the supreme sacrifice on behalf of all Australians,” explained David.

“Our aim is to document, preserve and reinstate the original Avenues of Honour and establish new ones by the Centenary of Gallipoli in 2015.”

The first stage of the project is capturing information about existing and lost Avenues of Honour and the people commemorated by them. TREENET, a national not-for-profit organisation based in Adelaide, has established a database of all known avenues and is collecting other information to build a comprehensive national record.

“This database will enable the development of new digital and online access to information about Australia’s Avenues of Honour and connect communities and descendants to the full record of their Avenues to help them plan for their futures,” detailed Darren.

“The innovative project will be using contemporary technologies such as blogs, wikis and mobile apps to collect and share information within communities and with tourists, school groups and the wider public.

“Promotion and participation online will help efforts to restore and, in some cases, re-establish the Avenues as part of the Centenary of ANZAC.

“Our  talk will take guests through each stage of the project and invite them to become involved in a very important tribute and historical initiative.”

About the speakers

David Lawry, OAM, is the Project Director for the Avenues of Honour Project.  Dr Darren Peacock, an innovator in social media and local history, is managing the technical development for the project. 

About the event

Date:                            Tuesday 16 April
Time:                           5.45pm – 6.45pm (tea/coffee from 5.15pm)
Address:                      Royal Historical Society of Victoria
                                     239 A’Beckett Street
Cost:                            $10 non-members; free for members of the RHSV
Enquiries:                    t: (03) 9326 9288   e:  w:

No comments: