In June 1984 the Coburg Primary School Council gave Coburg Historical Society a beautiful handwritten book recording brief biographies of 100 of the old boys of the school who served in World War One.
This Soldiers Record book forms the basis of a three-part project funded by an Australian Government ANZAC Centenary Grant:
1. An art project involving students of the school under the guidance of artist Kelly Gatchell Hartley.
2. A permanent memorial to the old boys of the school.
3. A book to be published in 2017 entitled ‘The old boys of Coburg State School go to war’.
The Soldiers Book contains a plan of the avenue of trees planted in the grounds of the Infant School in memory of 35 of the old boys who died during that war.
And now, 100 years after the events of World War One, the students of Coburg Primary School have re-imagined and re-created that avenue of trees in memory of those past students who served their country so many years ago.
Coburg Historical Society thanks Principal Jane Hancock, artist Kelly Gatchell Hartley and all the members of the school community who have taken part in this exciting project.