What is significant?
The Avenue of Honour was planted along the Hamilton Highway in the 1920s to honour the men of Penshurst and district who served in World War One. Later plantings were added for those who served in the Second World War. It was a typical response but of interest for being aesthetic rather than the more practical construction of a memorial hall. The memorial plaques associated with each tree have been removed although some survive elsewhere.
How is it significant?
The Avenue of Honour is of historical, social and aesthetic significance to the Southern Grampians Shire and to the district of Penshurst.
Why is it significant?
The Avenue of Honour in Penshurst is of social significance as a living memorial to all who served in World Wars One and Two, including those who died and those who survived. Historically, it marks the loss and horror associated with World Wars and the community's respect and response to this sensibility. It is significant as an aesthetic rather than a pragmatic response.