Aug-05 Melbourne: Celebratory lunch marking centenary of Monash’s knighthood

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Although recent attempts for a posthumous elevation to Field Marshall for Sir John Monash appear to have been stymied, the Victorian Jewish community will hold a celebratory lunch at the St Kilda Shule hall on Sunday 5th August to mark 100 years since the knighthood of Sir John Monash.

On 12 August 1918, at Château de Bertangles, Monash was knighted as a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath on the battlefield by King George V, the first time a British monarch had honoured a commander in such a way in 200 years.

The forthcoming event is co-hosted by St Kilda Shule (where Monash served as a Board member) and VAJEX but sponsorships have been provided by the Pratt Foundation, Gandel Philanthropy and Monash University amongst others.

The 3-course meat lunch by top-class caterer Roquette will also feature Major General Jim Barry, AM, MBE, RFD, ED (Retd), Professor Jeffrey V. Rosenfeld AC OBE KStJ, the Hon Matthew Guy MP, Leader of the Victorian Liberal Party, and presentations by Chazzan Brett Kaye and the St Kilda Shule Choirs.

Major General Barry was President of the Defence Reserves Association 2005 to 2013 and is a founding member of The General Sir John Monash Foundation.
Professor Rosenfeld is a General in the Australian Defence Force aside from being a member of St Kilda Shule and a volunteer in its choir.

Shule Vice President Harold Sternfeld said that he was thrilled that the Shule would honour Sir John Monash in this way and that he was grateful for the support provided by VAJEX and the generous sponsors. “We have already been advised of interstate service personnel coming to Melbourne for the occasion”, he said.

Bookings are available online (www.trybooking/.com/WSAP) or via the Shule office on 9537 1433.
A concession rate is available for current and ex-service personnel.

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