The Digitisation of Sir John Monash’s Personal Papers

Sir John Monash by Bassano Ltd, bromide print, 1918 [National Portrait Gallery, UK]

The National Library of Australia has digitised the Personal Papers of Sir John Monash, which are now freely available online through Trove.

Amongst the collection, which includes his Gallipoli diaries, you will find various ephemera that Monash collected during his lifetime, including: correspondence, diaries, notebooks, drafts of manuscripts, press cuttings, pamphlets, souvenirs, printed items, photographs, glass slides and other memorabilia relating to all aspects of his life and career.

Sir John Monash (1865-1931) was a leading military figure in the Australian Imperial Force during the First World War. He led the AIF 4th Infantry Brigade during the Gallipoli campaign, having been assigned command after the outbreak of the war. Although his command at Gallipoli did receive criticism, he managed to continue to rise through the ranks of the AIF and contribute to a number of victories in France from 1916. In May 1918, he was promoted to lieutenant general and given command of the Australian Corps. He was also a civil engineer by trade before he pursued a career in the military.

Find out more about the Papers of Sir John Monash on the NLA website.

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