HISTORIC AVENUE: Trees lining the Yangan-Killarney Road make a picturesque entrance into the village of Emu Vale.
HISTORIC AVENUE: Trees lining the Yangan-Killarney Road make a picturesque entrance into the village of Emu Vale. Casandra Garvey

Trees land in history books

TWO picturesque tree-lined roads in our region are set to be heritage-listed, with a historian in town researching their history.

Freelance historian Judith Nissen was contracted by the Australian Garden History Society to research the significant roads in Emu Vale and Tannymorel this week.

"It's been quite a puzzle; almost nothing has been documented on either the Emu Vale or Tannymorel avenues (lined with pine trees)," Ms Nissen said.

"From what I have gathered so far, the trees were planted at the Emu Vale avenue as a memorial to Second World War soldiers, and Tannymorel was a memorial to the First World War, both for those who enlisted and those who died.

"But we can't really tell who they were planted for and who planted them."

Anecdotal evidence points to the Emu Vale trees being planted by the Queensland Country Women's Association 60 years ago, which would fit the timeframe in which Ms Nissen has been working.

If the Emu Vale and Tannymorel roads do get approved for inclusion on the State Heritage Register, it will be a great recognition for the Southern Downs region.

"(The garden society) needs a history done before they can nominate it for the heritage register," Ms Nissen said. "But once listed, it would give the trees a little more protection. Should the council want to widen the road, for example, they'd have to be very careful not to damage the trees.

"But more than anything else, for residents of the region, it promotes an understanding of the history of their own communities."

Ms Nissen is heading back to Brisbane today, but has asked if locals have any information about the history of the tree-lined streets in Emu Vale and Tannymorel, to get in touch.

Call her on 0408 191 017 or email judith.nissen@internode.on.net.

Heritage register

The Queensland Heritage Register is a list of places of cultural heritage significance to be protected for present and future generations. A place must satisfy one or more of the following eight criteria specified in the Qld Heritage Act 1992:

 It is important in demonstrating the evolution or pattern of Qld's history.

 It demonstrates rare, uncommon or endangered aspects of Qld's cultural heritage.

 It has potential to yield information that will contribute to an understanding of Qld's history.

 It is important in demonstrating the principal characteristics of a particular class of cultural places.

 It is important because of its aesthetic significance.

 It is important in demonstrating a high degree of creative or technical achievement at a particular period.

 It has a strong or special association with a particular community or cultural group for social, cultural or spiritual reasons.

 It has a special association with the life or work of a particular person, group or organisation of importance in Qld's history.



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