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Newman Park WWI Memorial Tree Planting Centenary
September 6 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pmFree
The Mayor of Orange Reg Kidd invites members of the community to attend the Centenary of the Planting of the Newman Park World War 1 Memorial Avenue of Trees to be held at Newman Park, March Street, Orange on Friday 6 September at 11am.
William Henry Newman championed the park for the people of East Orange in 1891. The area had been a traditional Aboriginal meeting place and a point of blanket distribution from 1851 onwards. Following World War I, the principal of the East Orange Public School, Arnold T Caldwell arranged for a group of returned soldiers to take part in the planting of a Memorial Avenue in Newman Park adjacent to the school.
In August 1978 A memorial plaque set on a large basalt stone donated by the Orange Sub branch of the RSL of Australia and Orange City Council was unveiled to replace the original tree plaques. It commemorates 16 former East Orange Public School students who were killed in action during World War I.
A ceremony will be held today by Orange City Council to mark the centenary of the planting of the WWI memorial avenue of trees.