Ballarat Underground - snapshot two
A snapshot on Commemoration in Ballarat
Directed and Edited by Joel Checkley and Produced by Belinda Ensor for Museums Australia (Victoria), 2014
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Museums Australia (Victoria)
Manager of the Ballarat Ranger Military Museum, Neil Leckie, talks about a group of female factory workers from Ballarat and how their contribution during and shortly after the First World War has shaped the way the town commemorates this significant event.
All of the images are contained in: An appreciation : the Arch of Victory & Avenue of Honour, Ballarat [designed and compiled by the Newton Studio, Ballarat.], Ballarat, Vic. : s.n. 1921, State Library of Victoria, copyright holder unknown.
In 1917, the girls from the Lucas Clothing Factory here in Ballarat, they decided that we needed some sort of a memorial for all the soldiers that went away, and they got started with fundraising. And in 1917, they started the Avenue of Honor. It took two years, and they planted, in the end, 3,771 trees, and those trees were to represent the men who enlisted in Ballarat.
It's just a bit unfortunate that the number of trees that are out there don't actually represent the number of men and women from Ballarat, because a lot of families didn't ask for a tree, and there are other trees out there that actually aren't belonging to Ballarat people. And then in 1920, they decided that they would commemorate the end of the war by putting up the Arch of Victory. And it was started in February of 1920.
It was actually finished in June, which was quite an amazing task. The Avenue of Honor is probably one of the longest in the world, 22 kilometers. Until the cenotaph was opened, actually, the Arch of Victory was a focal point for our commemorations.