Monash recog­nised at mu­seum

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page -

For­mer Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Tim Fis­cher AC as­sisted with the open­ing of an ex­hi­bi­tion for Gen­eral John Monash at the Mul­wala Pi­o­neer Mu­seum last Wed­nes­day whilst also us­ing the event to re­new calls for the Gen­eral to be ret­ro­spec­tively pro­moted to Field Mar­shall.

“Frankly we owe John Monash as he re­ceived zero awards af­ter Novem­ber, 11, 1918. Zero awards, the least we can do is make him posthu­mously Field Mar­shall,” Mr Fis­cher said.

“Monash has been un­der-pro­filed and un­der-praised.

“It is in­cred­i­ble that he led Aus­tralia for one last pitch af­ter the war and we salute WWI and the RAF as we de­clare the John Monash ex­hi­bi­tion open.”

As well as call­ing for Monash’s ti­tles to be up­graded Mr Fis­cher also loaned the ex­hi­bi­tion a paint­ing he com­mis­sioned of Monash along­side other com­man­ders which de­picts a scene of Monash be­fore he met with Win­ston Churchill.

“No one took a photo of Churchill and Monash, if one was taken, my cam­paign would not be needed.

“Monash would al­ready be a Field Mar­shall.”

Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety mem­ber Alex Sloane said he was proud to have the ex­hi­bi­tion in Mul­wala as Mr Monash does not re­ceive the recog­ni­tion he de­serves and he hopes the ex­hi­bi­tion will teach lo­cal stu­dents more about the man.

“It was like he was scrubbed from his­tory, but the tide is be­gin­ning to turn with mul­ti­ple books in the last few years pub­lished on him. He should be stud­ied in schools as part of Aus­tralia’s his­tory,” Mr Sloane said.

“We will have this ex­hi­bi­tion un­til midNovem­ber and will be spe­cial­is­ing in school groups com­ing through and fill­ing in a ques­tion­naires about Monash and the dis­play to show what they have now learnt about him.

“It is great for Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala to have this ex­hi­bi­tion.

“If you walk through and start clock­wise, you’ll be­come an expert on Monash,” Mr Sloane said.

Alex Sloane and for­mer Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Tim Fis­cher AC with the paint­ing of John Monash and fel­low Aus­tralian sol­diers that Tim com­mis­sioned him­self and is lend­ing to the Pi­o­neer Mu­seum.

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