You can now use your computer or smart device to search the Kings Park Honour Avenues plaques, dedicated to Australian service personnel killed during war service.
The database, available on the BGPA website, has been launched in time for ANZAC Day 2015, following more than four years' painstaking work by dedicated volunteers from the Honour Avenues Group and Kings Park staff.
'We are delighted that we are finally able to give the general public access to these important historic records – particularly for the relatives of those service men and women who selflessly gave their lives for their country', Honour Avenues Group Secretary Ken Jones said.
Details of each plaque can be accessed from around the world on desktop, tablet or mobile.
'People [can] search the database for plaques located on the Honour Avenues in Kings Park by name, rank, unit and service number', Honour Avenues Group President Norm Manners said.
Photographs of each plaque are included on the database, in addition to a location map and opportunities for further research. Visitors can 'see' the individual plaques in situ using 'Street View' or find their way using Google maps when planning a visit to the park.
The tradition of commemorating fallen soldiers in Kings Park with a plaque against a living tree began with the commemoration of 404 soldiers along May Drive in August 1919. Today more than 1,600 memorial plaques line winding avenues throughout the park.
Each plaque sits poignantly against a backdrop of eucalypt trees and bears details of service personnel who died during war service and were either buried overseas or have no known graves.
The plaques have been carefully maintained by the Honour Avenues Group – all volunteers from the Highgate sub-branch of the RSLWA – on behalf of the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority for more than 90 years.
'It's a credit to the dedication of our group that these plaques have been maintained in such excellent order since 1922', Mr Manners said.
Dedication ceremonies are held four times a year at May Circle, the original dedication site, with approximately 40 new plaques added each year.