The first Honour Avenue in Kings Park was an initiative of Mr Arthur Lovekin of the Kings Park Board and dedicated to 404 fallen soldiers on 3 August 1919, on the fifth anniversary of the outbreak of World War I.

Honour Avenues Group. Photo: D. Nicolson.

The families who dedicated the trees and plaques took an active role in the early care and maintenance of the trees and plaques, with the wider community assisting those who did not live close by. The West-Perth sub-branch (now Highgate sub-branch) of the Returned and Services League (RSL) generously gifted resources and assisted the Kings Park Board with maintenance.

The Honour Avenue Committee (now Honour Avenues Group) was formed through the RSL in 1947 to assist the Kings Park Board in the administration of over 300 World War II plaques in Lovekin Drive. The Honour Avenues Group are responsible for the maintenance and preservation of over 1,800 plaques along the Honour Avenues and the WA Centenary plaques along Fraser Avenue.

Further details of the plaques, including photographs, biographies and location maps, are available via the Honour Avenues Group website.

Applications for new plaques

Dedication ceremonies are held regularly each year for plaques approved by the Honour Avenues Group, with a limit of 12 additional plaques per dedication ceremony.

The criteria to apply for a new plaque are that the person:

  • be born in, or raised in, or have enlisted from Western Australia;
  • have no known grave or a grave outside Western Australia (i.e., the official memorial as determined by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission is located outside Western Australia); and
  • have served with Australian or Allied Forces or with qualifying organisations as determined by the Australian War Memorial (AWM) and have died within the qualifying periods for the National Roll of Honour as determined by the AWM.

Please contact the Honour Avenues Group for further information.

Australia Day 2022

Road closures and service interruptions will occur in Kings Park and Bold Park on Wednesday 26 January 2022.

Naturescape closed February

Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park will be closed from Tuesday, 1 February 2022 until Tuesday, 1 March 2022.

COVID-19

The Premier of Western Australia has announced mask-wearing in public indoor venues and on public transport will be mandatory in Perth and Peel from 6.00pm Sunday 16 January.

As the COVID-19 situation in WA evolves, the BGPA will continue to provide updates and make operational changes as needed.

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New look board to help guide the future of Kings Park

Respected public sector leader Gail McGowan has been appointed Chairperson of the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, which oversees the operation of Kings Park and Bold Park.

Recognising our volunteers

The support of hundreds of dedicated volunteers was celebrated this week at a Volunteer Appreciation Function at Zamia Café.

Welcome to new Kings Park Science Summer Scholars

Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority is pleased to welcome the 2021-22 Kings Park Science Summer Scholars. 

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