During my time spent researching Ballarat I was surprised to realise that they have quite a large memorial piece dedicated to honouring those that served in World War One.
No matter where we travel on our journey's I always ensure we at least try to visit places, icons, and structures that show the different aspects of the area we are in. Yes, of course we do the ever popular tourist haunts but I feel, especially for small towns that it is important that visitors recognise and pay homage to those smaller but no less important structures.
On the drive out to the Avenue of Honour and the Victory Arch we discussed why there is even a need for such a thing, how it came about and why it was important for us to visit there.
The Avenue of Honour, which extends for some 22 kilometres along Sturt Street, displays 3912 trees, honouring the lives of the men and women of the area.
The Arch of Victory does not represent any such victories, as the name implies. It is purely a memorial monument. It was certainly impressive and a tribute to the people of Ballarat, being the first avenue of its kind in Australia and the longest in the Southern Hemisphere. Well done Ballarat you should be very proud.
In simple pleasures you will find life's treasures,