THREE new plaques detailing Australia’s World War One history now line the Avenue of Honour between Romsey and Lancefield after being officially unveiled last month.
The plaques were paid for by a Federal Government grant of $8000 and a contribution of $2000 by Romsey-Lancefield Rotary Club.
They were declared officially open by Rotarians and Member for McEwen Rob Mitchell, who supported the club’s grant application, on Anzac Day.
Rotarian Gregory Powell said installation of the plaques had been delayed by roadworks and the COVID-19 pandemic.
“They are there as remembrance of the 100-year anniversary of World War One in particular,” he said.
“There are three big ones that were put in. One is about the Australian soldiers in World War One, the next one is the Battle of Beersheba on October 31, 1917, and then a general one about the Australian soldiers on the Western Front as well.”
Dr Powell said the series of plaques along the avenue had been added to during the past 14 years.
“We started the Avenue of Honour between Romsey and Lancefield in 2007 and we’ve got many plaques all the way along,” he said.
“Certain families donated money and we did the designs in remembrance of either peace initiatives by our troops around the world or famous battles during World War One or World War Two.”
Dr Powell said the club had plans for more plaques along the avenue and had already applied for more funding from the government.
“We have applied for another grant as well, because we’ve had people in the communities of both Lancefield and Romsey saying what about Vietnam?” he said.
“We’re thinking of doing the Huey helicopter if we’re successful. I’ll do the designs on those. That’s a project for this year and into next year, and only if we get the funding through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.”
Dr Powell thanked the Romsey and Lancefield businesses that helped create the signs and Mr Mitchell for his support.