The Honour Avenues Group assists the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority to manage the suite of individual and unit commemorative plaques placed on the verges of those roads designated as Honour Avenues within Kings Park.
The Group aims to maintain and improve the Honour Avenues as a major historic precinct that contributes to the remembrance of sacrifices made by previous generations of Western Australians who served in the armed forces, and the suite of Western Australian Centenary plaques along Fraser Avenue.
Volunteers paint and repair plaques and posts, arrange replacement parts and assign colour patches on a regular basis at the Honour Avenues Group onsite workshop.
The Group prepares the Honour Avenues for special occasions of remembrance such as Anzac Day and Remembrance Day by cleaning and placing tributes (flowers and/or flags) on each plaque. Great care is taken to give the plaques the reverence that they deserve.
In keeping with the intention for the creation of the Honour Avenue in 1919 to be a place where Western Australians would have a place to individually honour their war dead, the eligibility criteria for new plaques are that the person to be honoured must:
- be born in, or raised in, or have enlisted from Western Australia;
- have no known grave or a grave outside Western Australia (i.e., the official memorial as determined by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission is located outside Western Australia); and
- have served with Australian or Allied Forces or with qualifying organisations as determined by the Australian War Memorial (AWM) and have died within the qualifying periods for the National Roll of Honour as determined by the AWM.
Under these criteria, there are still many Western Australians who are eligible for new plaques and the Honour Avenues Group administer regular dedication ceremonies in a traditional manner.
The Honour Avenues Group meticulously maintain the historic records relating to almost 2,000 plaques in their care. Talented historians in the Group work with families and librarians to ensure that the sacrifices made by previous Western Australians are remembered long after they are gone. The databases and information available on this website are the result of many years of research and hours of photography.
Chairperson: Robin SLATER 27 March 2018 - current
Deputy Chair: Mike HARNESS
Secretary: Ken JONES
Assistant Secretary: Norman COLEMAN
Treasurer: Peter MAHONEY