Family tie to history of Anzac Avenue
AN EMOTIONAL ceremony at Wyong on August 12, held a special place in the hearts of the well-known local Goldsmith family.
The ceremony involved the unveiling of a plaque in Frank Ballance Park to mark the centenary of the naming of Anzac Ave and the planting of memorial trees on that day in 1916.
Wyong Family History Group arranged the ceremony after receiving funding for the plaque to be placed at the entrance to the park.
Among the special guests were family members of the late Mrs Goldsmith, who unveiled the original honour board at the adjacent Wyong RSL Club in 1916.
Mrs Goldsmith's son was the first soldier from the local area to die in the First World War.
Anzac Ave was originally named Hill St, but later changed to honour those who served their country.
Anzac Ave is now a major thoroughfare in Wyong, linking eastern and western suburbs.
Event organiser John Selwood said it was important to remember events of this type and to celebrate their significance.
"We are even luckier to have found such close links to our historic past through the Goldsmith family," he said.
Other official guests at the ceremony included newly elected Federal Labor MP Emma McBride, whose grandmother was born only a few hundred metres from Frank Ballance Park; State Labor MP David Harris; former Wyong mayor Doug Eaton and Wyong RSL Sub-Branch representative Pat Frewin.
Mr Eaton spoke about the loss of the distinctive Anzac Ave trees over time due to "progress" and lamented their loss to the community.
He said few would recognise the difference between the 'old' Anzac Avenue, which previously carried timber laden bullock wagons to Wyong railway station and the 'new'.
Later in the month a similar function was held in Anzac Rd Tuggerah where a plaque was unveiled at Tuggerah Hall to honour those who served.