Sir John Monash Annual Dinner & Lecture

Sir John Monash Dinner and Lecture

Jerilderie Civic Hall, Friday 20 September 2019, commencing 6.30pm - tickets $50 which includes the oration and a two course meal. Tickets are available from the Murrumbidgee Council Jerilderie office.  

Guest speaker for this year’s event will be Sir John Monash’s great grandson, Michael Bennett.

Murrumbidgee Mayor Ruth McRae welcomed the news that Mr Bennett will attend the event and said it is a great honour to have a direct descendent of Sir John as the guest speaker.

“The event recognises Sir John Monash’s close relationship with Jerilderie and it is tremendous that our community wholeheartedly supports this initiative.

Mr Bennett is a consultant director with Escient, an Australian digital and business advisory firm, and board member of the Spirit of Australia Foundation. 

He leads and delivers consulting services to organisations in the telecommunications, banking & finance, government, education and health sectors. He holds a BSc from Monash University and a Master of Management from the University of Melbourne. 

Mr Bennett is also a member of the General Sir John Monash Foundation, and Chairman of their Scholarships Selection Panel in Victoria. The John Monash Scholarships are Australia’s own postgraduate scholarships, with the aim to foster leadership, expertise and build Australia’s capabilities for the future.

Sir John Monash Education Bursary

The recipient of  Council’s Sir John Monash Education Bursary, valued at $2,000, willl be announced on the evening.

Cr McRae said applications are now open for the Bursary which involves submitting an essay reflecting on the principles demonstrated by Sir John Monash.

Entry in this essay is open to long-term residents of Murrumbidgee Council area who are considering entering post-secondary education through university, college or TAFE, or an approved course of formal training with a Registered Training Organisation, including apprentices, trainees and adult education. 

Entries for the bursary closed at 4.00pm on Wednesday,  11 September 2019.    

Full requirements and conditions, including cover sheet, are available to download from our  Scholarship's & Bursary's Page




2018 Sir John Monash Dinner and Lecture

From left: Austin Evans MP, Sir John Monash Bursary recipient Zac Barlow, guest speaker the Hon David Elliott MP, Greg Aplin MP.


The 11th annual Sir John Monash Dinner and Lecture was held on Monday evening 8 October 2018, in celebration of Monash, the man and the military commander.

The Dinner continues to grow in prestige, with prominent guest speakers presenting the Lecture. 

In 2018, we were privileged to welcome the Hon David Elliott MP, Minister for Counter Terrorism, Minister for Corrections, and Minister for Veterans Affairs to deliver the Oration.  Minister Elliott is a passionate advocate of Sir John, and a supporter of the Jerilderie Proposition to have Monash promoted in rank to Australian Field Marshal.   

The Minister has proudly served as the Member for Baulkham Hills since 2011 and has also held the positions of Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier for Youth, Homelessness and the Centenary of ANZAC, and Minister for Emergency Services.

He joins a very impressive list of high profile guest speakers, including Hon Tim Fischer, AC, former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, Hon Marie Bashir, AD, CVO, former Governor of NSW, and Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, AC, AFC (Ret’d), past Chief of Defence.

The 2018 Monash Education Bursary valued at $2,000 was presented to worthy recipient, Zac Barlow.  Read Zac’s winning essay here.

For further reading on Sir John Monash please visit this page.