Alumni Memorial Prayer Garden


The Alumni Memorial Prayer Garden honours those who have died while studying or serving at Avondale. It also recognises the soon return of the Life Giver, Jesus Christ.

The memorial is made of a steel alloy that forms a patina of rust. Architect David Stafford designed the memorial to become more beautiful with age.

The Alumni Memorial Prayer Garden, dedicated at Avondale Alumni’s Homecoming on August 24, 2012, is made possible by a donation from Ray Wilson Sr, on behalf of his family and in memory of son Raymond Wilson Jr. Raymond, a student at Avondale at the time, drowned in heavy surf at Caves Beach in 1963.

Avondale Alumni invites the families or friends of alumni who have died while studying or serving at Avondale to purchase stainless steel plaques on which the names of the alumni are etched.

A plaque measures 300 millimetres in length, 70 millimetres in width and three millimetres in height. It bears the given and family name of an Avondale alumnus, the year the alumnus began studying or serving at Avondale and the year of their death.

The plaques are placed on the memorial and the names on the plaques recorded in an Alumni Memorial Prayer Garden Register.

To honour an alumnus and their influence at Avondale, purchase a plaque through the Avondale Online Store. At step two of checkout, a field called “Additional Comments” appears. Enter the following information:
  • the name of the deceased alumnus
  • the year of death
  • a brief statement about the cause of death
  • a brief statement about the alumnus’s contribution to Avondale

For clarification or more information, contact Brenton Stacey in the Advancement Office.

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Contact: Brenton Stacey