Sir John Monash Annual Dinner & Lecture

The annual Sir John Monash Lecture and Dinner will be held in the Jerilderie Civic Hall, Friday evening 24 November 2017, commencing 6.30pm.

We are privileged to welcome as guest speaker for the evening highly respected historian Mr Ashley Ekins, head of the Military History Section at the Australian War Memorial, where he has worked as a military historian for more than 27 years.

Mr Ekins will speak on “General Sir John Monash, Master of the Battlefield—an Appreciation”.

The winner of the Sir John Monash Education Bursary will be announced on the evening.  Details of the bursary are available

by following this link.

Tickets for the Dinner are $50, which includes a two course meal, with bar facilities available.  For enquiries or to book please call Murrumbidgee Council’s Jerilderie Office, telephone 03 5886 1200 by Wednesday 15 November 2017.

Ashley Ekins is head of the Military History Section at the Australian War Memorial where he has worked as a military historian for more than 27 years. A graduate of the University of Adelaide, he specialises in the history of the First World War and has published widely on the role of Australian soldiers in the Great War. His publications on the First World War include: 1918 Year of Victory: the end of the Great War and the shaping of history (ed., 2010, runner-up for the Templer Medal); and War Wounds: medicine and the trauma of conflict (ed. with Elizabeth Stewart, 2011). His book, Gallipoli: a ridge too far (ed., 2013, second, revised edition 2015), is a multinational study of the pivotal battles of August 1915. Ashley is also an authority on Australian military involvement in the Vietnam War. As an author of the Australian official histories, he has written extensively on Australian Army ground operations in Vietnam. He researched and wrote two volumes of the official history: On the Offensive: the Australian Army in the Vietnam War, 1967–1968 (co-authored with the late Dr Ian McNeill, 2003); and Fighting to the Finish: the Australian Army and the Vietnam War 1968–1975 (2012).