THE KINGSTON AVENUE OF HONOUR SONG
It is impossible to drive into the small Victorian country town of Kingston, near Ballarat, without noticing the row of trees which lines the road. One kilometer passes, then another, then another. Each has a cast iron plaque on it with the name of a soldier who served in the First World War. When you park the car and walk, you walk past families of trees, four in a row with members of the Atkins family named on them, for example.
The first time Neil visited Kingston he was greatly moved by the experience. Some time after, when he had learnt more about Kingston, he wrote this song.
Hepburn Shire Council supported the idea of recording the song, and Mark Witham arranged great brass parts for the local Creswick Brass Band, local champions. A dozen local people agreed to form the choir, and idea of recording the song was off and running.
Mischa Hermann recorded the day's activities here and the rest is history! Macca has been playing the song on ABC Radio's Australia All Over and Neil was interviewed by him here.
You can learn more about The Kingston Avenue of Honour here.