Other Tasmanian Avenues - Ringarooma
The members of the Progress Association were responsible for an interesting ceremony on Saturday, when a large number of residents and visitors assembled in the railway reserve (which has been leased to the association) for the purpose of planting trees in honour of fallen heroes. The president (Mr. Kennedy) outlined the work taken in hand since the formation of the progress movement in June. The promise of a silent cabinet and new side fence for the school; the opening of a branch of the Commercial Bank on Saturday morning; securing the lease of railway reserve to convert into a beauty spot, and serve as a recreation ground for children and other residents; and the assurance from the Commissioner of Railways that the present unsuitable name of Ringarooma Road would be in six month’s time be changed to Kaye. The trees to be planted were in honour of men who had given their lives for the cause of justice, liberty, and right, in the defence of their country, to keep the old flag flying. Next season other trees would be planted to improve the appearance of the district. The Warden (Councillor Auton) addressed the gathering, expressing gratification at being present when honour was being conferred on brave soldiers who would return no more. He congratulated the association on the progress already made, and wished it success in the future. The leasing of the reserve was a wise step, and the improvements effected would soon convert it into a beauty spot and pleasure resort. Mr. Scott in responding to the Warden’s speech happily expressed himself in his desire for the welfare of the district and his appreciation of the Warden’s visit. Seven trees were then planted in alphabetical order. As the names were called by the president, a near relative or friend stepped out and held the tree in position till it was securely planted. The soldiers honoured were Alan Andrewe, T Edwards, William Hyde, Robert Jenkins, John McDougall, George Peddle, J Riseley. Mrs Auton then planted a tree in remembrance of Gallipoli, where the Australians made for themselves an undying name. Mrs Scott followed with one for the Anzacs, whose memory will indeed remain forever green. As rain was falling heavily an adjournment was made to the hall, where sumptuous afternoon tea was served by the ladies. The Branxholm Band charmed everyone by its splendid playing, although not in full strength, and the kindness of the members in being present was acknowledged. Mr. Diprose moved a vote of thanks to the ladies for their assistance. The valuable assistance rendered by Mesdames Scott and Andrews was recognised.
Ringarooma Road, N. E. Tas, Oct 2.
October 10th 1918 p32