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Photograph of the Late General Sir John Monash



General Sir John Monash (1865-1931) posing in full military dress. Monash was a civil engineer of Prussian Jewish Origin who became the Australian military commander in World War I. He was among the first under fire at Gallipoli in 1915 and was knighted on the battlefield by King George V in 1918. After the War he was a leading public figure, receiving numerous awards and honours. He died in Melbourne on 8 October 1931 and was given a state funeral with an estimated 250,000 mourners, Australia’s largest funeral crowd ever assembled at the time. He is remembered as Australia’s greatest leader of World War I.

Donated by Ken Symonds

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