The planting of trees as a dedication to individual service personnel who gave their lives while serving their countries in time of war seems to be an Australian innovation, originating in Ballarat, Victoria. The idea was taken up in Kings Park by Mr Arthur Lovekin, an original member of the Kings Park Board with the first 404 dedications along May Drive occurring at a ceremony on 3 August 1919.

Requests for new plaques continued and Lovekin Drive was added as an honour avenue in 1931, followed by Marri Walk in 1999. A centenary has passed and there are now almost 2,000 plaques in Kings Park, which honour of the sacrifices made by our fellow Western Australians.