Clayton Avenue of Honour



Clayton, MONASH CITY, 3168

Local Government Area:


Heritage Type:

Botanic Feature, Avenue of Honour


The Clayton Avenue of Honour was planted in 1918 to commemorate locals who served in the First World War. The Avenue is located on Carnish Road starting from the railway crossing and stretching east. It was planted with Portugal Oaks (Quercus lustanica) but the entire northern row of trees are missing while the remaing trees have been pruned due to powerlines.

In Australia, commemorative trees have been planted in public spaces since the late nineteenth century. Arbor Days were held regularly in most Victorian State Schools during the late 1800s and early 1900s, and numerous trees were planted in parks in Melbourne and throughout Victoria to mark the visits of important and famous people.

This tradition of commemorative planting was continued in 1901 when at the end of the Boer War trees were often planted for each soldier of the district who was killed in South Africa. These plantings, however, rarely consisted of more than two or three trees in each town.

During and after the First World War avenues of honour consisting of trees lining significant streets became a popular form of commemoration. They represented a new egalitarian approach to the commemoration of soldiers where rank was not a consideration: each tree symbolises a person.

Avenues of honour are a uniquely Australian phenomenon. Australians, and in particular Victorians, embraced the idea of planting them more enthusiastically than any other country in the world. The Eurack Avenue of Honour is the earliest known avenue of honour to be planted in Victoria and dates from May 1916.

By the time of the Second World War avenues of honour had declined in popularity as a means of commemoration. Today it is estimated that over 300 avenues of honour have been planted in Victoria to commemorate service personnel since 1901.

Conflicts Commemorated:

First World War 1914-18