Tamworth Gipps Street Avenue of Honour

Tamworth Gipps Street Avenue of Honour - road strip signTamworth Gipps Street Avenue of Honour - memorial stoneTamworth Gipps Street Avenue of Honour - the green pathwayTamworth Gipps Street Avenue of Honour - view of arching trees
Description

The possibility of a memorial avenue was mentioned during a March for Freedom rally in May 1918. Two groups became involved to raise funds for the memorial: West Tamworth Girls Association and the Voluntary Workers Association. The Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney donated 280 trees for the avenue.  The avenue extending from Ebsworth Street to Belmore Streets became a reality on 15 September 1918 when it was officially dedicated by Mayor W.A. Bourne. The Daily Observer, 19 September 1918 described the occasion in detail. In 1967 the memorial statue was erected by the Tamworth RSL Sub-Branch in recognition of the avenue.

Stuart Read, NSW Heritage Division Officer has published a detailed report: 'Avenues of Honour, Memorial and other Avenues, Lone Pine', 13 May 2017.  In the report, it is noted that the Gipps Street trees include eucalyptus, kurrajongs, evergreen oaks, silky oaks, a few camphor laurels, some Norfolk Island hisbiscus and some pines. 

A detailed history of the Gipps Street memorial is available here: Gipps Street Memorial [Tamworth RSL Sub-Branch]. 

Inscription

Sign on road strip:

GIPPS STREET
AVENUE of HONOUR
1914-18 WAR
MEMORIAL ERECTED NEAR BELMORE STREET

Memorial stone:

AVENUE OF HONOUR
This memorial is erected by the
Tamworth Sub-Branch of the R.S.L.
in memory of those men & women
of the Commonwealth who suffered
and died for their country
LEST WE FORGET
UNVEILED AND DEDICATED 11-11-1967

Address
Gipps Street
Tamworth NSW 2340
Location/surrounding area
Gipps Street extending from Ebsworth Street to Belmore Street
Recorded by
Graham Wilson OAM
Established date
1918 and 1967
Dedication date
Wednesday 18 September 1918; 11 November 1967 (memorial stone)
Conflict/s
World War 1
All wars

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