Thursday, 1 October 2015

Coburg Infants School WW1 memorial garden

This is the Coburg State School's Infants School. It is on the south side of Bell Street and faces north. At the back of the building there was once a WW1 memorial garden, planted in November 1918 in memory of 35 old boys of the school. I've written about the memorial garden before. Click here to find out more.

I am still trying to find out more about the 35 trees that made up the memorial avenue planted in November 1918. 

I recently found a 1913 MMBW map in the State Library of Victoria's online image collection. The following detail from that map shows the extent of the original school grounds, but I am still trying to find out when the trees were removed.

I also know that the avenue of honour still existed in July 1939:
Meeting of the Coburg Parks and Gardens Committee, Monday 10 July 1939  - 'The city curator was authorised to replace trees missing in the avenue of honour in the school ground, Bell Street.' (Argus, 11 July 1939, p.9)

So, is there anyone out there reading this who was a pupil at the school in the 1940s or later and who remembers this avenue of trees? We know it was gone by May 1991 when the following plaque was erected in the grounds, but perhaps you remember it from your time as a pupil or a parent? If so, I'd love to hear from you.

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