Thursday, 12 December 2013

Arbor Day at Vermont


Arbor day was celebrated at Vermont on Friday, July 12, by planting memorial trees for the past scholars of the school who had enlisted for active service. About half-past one o'clock the school children were formed in line,-and headed by a standard bearer each for boys and girls, were marched to the recreation reserve, where the trees were to be planted. The National Anthem having been sung, the head teacher (Mr. Bourke) explained the object of the gathering, and stated that he would like to see a fitting monument placed near the school in honor of the lads who had paid the supreme sacrifice. The children, under the direction of Miss Mills (the lady assistant) sang "For England." Stirring addresses were delivered by Cr. Fankhauser (president of the school committee), Cr. Hatfield (president of Nunawading shire), Mr. F. Groves, M.L.A., Mr. W. F. Gates (assistant chief inspector of schools), Capt. Turnbull (a returned soldier, who has taken up residence at Vermont), and Cr. Tilson. Cr. Tainton read out the names of those who had fallen in action, also the reminder of those who had enlisted. The children then sang "For those at the front," and after saluting the flag, the work of planting the trees began in earnest. Mr. Anderson planted a pinus insignis for his son, who lost his life on Lonesome Pine. The remainder of the trees were of the silver oak species. A vote of thanks to the visitors, proposed by Mr. Bourke. and responded to by Mr. Groves, M.LA., terminated the proceedings. The greatest enthusiasm prevailed throughout. Mrs. H. M. Farmilo was secretary, and had all arrangements completed in her usual efficient manner. The trees, while acting as a memorial to the soldiers who have given their lives for their country or who are fighting her battles abroad, will also help to beautify the recreation reserve.

Reporter 19 July 1918

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