Honouring our fallen with the avenue of trees
Sarah Mehay: During the first world war, Roma lost many lads. The then-mayor, Alderman Wilson Miscamble, thought it would be a good idea to have a living memorial of an avenue of trees dedicated to each of the fallen boys from Roma State School. On September 20, 1918, the first 27 bottle trees were planted and dedicated and by 1920 the original 93 trees became Roma’s Heroes’ Avenue.
On October 21, 1992, Roma’s Cenotaph and Heroes’ Avenue became listed on the Queensland Heritage Register.
Over the years, Peter Keegan researched the original 93 soldiers and their connection to Roma and the district. In the mid-1990s, Rebecca Kupfer joined Peter in researching and starting up the Adopt a Tree Program to gather interested families, community and businesses to adopt a tree in memory of a fallen soldier from Roma and the surrounding district.
From December 2016 to April 2018, the RSL Roma Sub-Branch assisted in the grant funding process and was successful in obtaining a grant to update the plaques.
On September 22, 2018, we will be holding a ceremony for the centenary of the planting and dedication of the first bottle tree at the post office corner.
An additional three plaques were found and are being dedicated into the avenue to bring the total to 140 fallen lads from Roma and the district being remembered.