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Sir John Monash
Sir John Monash

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A monument commemorates soldier and public servant, Sir John Monash (1865-1931), who was born in West Melbourne in 1865. A gifted student, he embarked on a career in engineering and from 1887 was a part-time militia officer. On the outbreak of war Monash was appointed to command the 4th Infantry Brigade.

After the Gallipoli campaign he was promoted to command the new 3rd Australian Division, which took part in the fighting at Messines and the Passchendaele offensive in 1917. In early 1918 it faced the Germans on the Somme. Monash displayed great military skills, a powerful intellect and inspiring leadership qualities. He impressed his own soldiers and higher command. In June 1918 he was promoted to lieutenant-general and appointed to command the Australian Corps.

He led his Australians through a series of victorious actions until the end of the war. By the 1920s Monash was probably regarded as the greatest living Australian. Despite being an administrator and leader, rather than a fighting soldier, he had become integral to the ANZAC legend.

A monument to Monash was proposed in 1932, the year after his death. It was funded by Melbourne City Council and public subscription. While designed by Bowles, the bronze was cast in Italy. But due to the outbreak of World War Two it was not completed until 1950.


Address:Birdwood Avenue, Kings Domain, Melbourne, 3000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.826784
Long: 144.972766
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
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Monument Designer:William Leslie Bowles


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 12th November, 1950
Front Inscription

General Sir John Monash GCMG, KCB, VD Soldier and Engineer Commander of the Australian Corps France 1918 Chairman State Electricity Commission 1921-31 1865-1931.

This statue was unveiled on the 12th November 1950 by His Excellency the Right Honourable William McKell K.C., Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia

Back Inscription

This statue was unveiled on the 12th November 1950 by His Excellency The Right Honourable William McKell K.C. Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia

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