Ballarat | Arch of Victory

Ballarat | Arch of Victory

After looking into the Arch of Victory I'm absolutely fascinated.

In 2020 the Arch of Victory marked the 100th anniversary of the monument which is the entrance to Ballarat's Avenue of Honor.

It was officially unveiled in 1920 by Prince Edward the then Prince of Wales during the outbreak of the Spanish Flu. It's interesting that exactly 100 years later celebrations for the 100 year anniversary were cancelled and the local council made an online presentation due to the outbreak of Covid 19. 

Monument Australia tells me the monument was a brain child of the Lucas Girls; employees of the local textile factory. The Arch spans a two lane road with a length of 19.2m  and height of 16.5m. 

The Arch's design was originally put forth to the public as a competition and despite a local resident winning this competition the design was rejected in favor of two architecture students from Melbourne; Deane B & R.Ellis

The Lucas girls not only fundraised for the Arch itself but they also acquired the funds for the Avenue of Honor as well. 

The Avenue of Honor is Australia's longest and one of Ballarat's most iconic landmarks. The memorial is 22kms long and while sources vary in numbers I'll quote the councils figure of 3,801 trees to be planted along it's 22km trail.

11 species of tree's were planted and aach tree contains a plaque of a Ballarat service person who served during WW1.

📍 Crn: Learmonth & Stuart St, Ballarat