Kings Park Honour Avenues App
Kings Park Honours Avenue is a project developed by The University of Western Australia to document the personal stories of Australian service personnel commemorated by memorial plaques along Kings Park Honour Avenues. The tradition of creating living memorials, in the form of trees, for fallen service personnel is distinctly Australian. In 1919 Kings Park began the local tradition of planting trees to commemorate fallen soldiers. Today, there are over 1500 memorial plaques in three tree-lined Honour Avenues: May Drive, Lovekin Avenue, and Marri Walk.
The Kings Park Honour Avenues application will extend the visitor experience by delivering a unique interactive encounter. Using the app, visitors will point their smartphone or tablet at a memorial plaque, and through image recognition technology, access a database that allows them to learn more about the individuals commemorated. The app will also allow remote users also have full access to the information database.
The project team will work with members of the public to develop the personal stories of Australian service personnel who died during service overseas.
This project will develop a smart device application to reveal the soldiers’ stories: placing individuals in the context of military campaigns, regiments, and historical events.
The project builds a database of information accessible through a smartphone or tablet application that delivers a unique experience to Kings Park visitors. Users scan a memorial plaque with their mobile device’s camera to identify the soldier and reveal their personal history. Information about each soldier highlights service history and personal stories, including memories of families and friends.
The app incorporates a search function allowing users to discover soldiers by name, battalion, or campaign, and a map feature helps users locate memorial plaques within Kings Park.
The app will be made freely available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play.
Published accounts detailing the involvement of Western Australians in military conflicts are limited and, while of a high standard, many of these concentrate on specific battalions and campaigns. The individual experience tends to be lost within larger projects, or focuses on individuals in command, or on those who committed deeds of great valour.
We believe all soldiers made a unique contribution, and we want to commemorate their service to the country.
We need your help by supplying information about commemorated soldiers and by citizen historians contributing to historical research. If you think you can help please go to the Honours Avenue site and get involved.
This project is made possible thanks to the support of the Botanic Gardens & Parks Authority.
- Associate Professor Jan Dook
- Winthrop Professor Jenny Gregory
- Professor Julian Partridge