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General Sir John Monash : 09-March-2013
General Sir John Monash : 09-March-2013

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Plaque commemorates the 80th Anniversary of Monash’s death . The plaque commissioned by the Spirit of Australia Foundation, was developed by Joe Salfas, Past President of VAJEX and SoA Director, and Michael Bennett, on behalf of the Monash family.

Sir John Monash GCMG, KCB, VD (27 June 1865 – 8 October 1931) was a civil engineer who became the Australian military commander in the First World War. He commanded the 13th Infantry Brigade before the War and then became commander of the 4th Brigade in Egypt shortly after the outbreak of the War with whom he took part in the Gallipoli campaign. In July 1917 he took charge of the new Australian 3rd Division in north-west France and in May 1918 he was made commander of the Australian Corps, at the time the largest individual corps on the Western Front.


Address:261 North Road, Brighton Cemetery, Caulfield South, 3162
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.901303
Long: 145.020653
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 9th October, 2011
Front Inscription


27 June 1865 - 8 October 1931

Scholar, Engineer, Soldier, and Nation Builder

University of Melbourne

       1891 Bachelor of Civil Engineering

       1893 Master of Civil Engineering

        1895 Bachelor of Arts & Bachelor of Laws

        1921 Doctor of Engineering

        1923-31 Vice Chancellor of the University 

In World War 1 he served in Egypt, Gallipoli and France 

  • Commanded the Australian Army in France from 1st June 1918
  • Knighted on the field of battle by 12th August 1918 by King George V

              Decorated by Australia, Britain, France, Belgium & USA

              Directed Australians' Repatriation and Demobilisation 1918 -1919

              Chairman Victorian State Electricity Commission 1921- 31

               Innovative Civil Engineer and Legal Advocate


               President Victorian Institute of Engineers

               President Australian Association for the Advancement of Science

               Chairman Anzac Day Commemoration Council

               President The Rotary Club of Melbourne

               President The Naval & Military Club Melbourne


             The Spirit of Australia Foundation 8th October 2011




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