Monash, Chauvel & indigenous diggers honoured in Scotch College Armistice Centenary Commemoration
On Remembrance Day 2018, 100 years to the day since the guns of the Great War fell silent upon the signing of the Armistice, a major service of commemoration was held in the Memorial Hall at Scotch College, the foundation stone for which was laid by Sir John Monash in 1920.
A large audience heard a series of powerful orations from a number notable Australians, including Professor Roland Perry OAM, a Director of the Spirit of Australian Foundation and noted author and historian. Professor Perry captured the essence of both Monash and Chauvel and their remarkable influence as leaders who inspired a nation and helped take the world from war to peace.
Major General Professor Jeffrey Rosenfeld AC OBE also spoke about the military service and broader civic contribution of Sir John Monash – a leader in so many fields.
Neville Clark MC OAM delivered a soaring paean to Sir Harry Chauvel and the men of the Light Horse who conducted the famous charge at Beersheba in 1917.
The bravery and service of Australian Indigenous soldiers during the Great War was a prominent theme throughout the afternoon. The audience was especially privileged to hear from Dr. Esme Bamblett, CEO Aborigines Advancement League, Abe Schwarz and Ricky Morris, who delivered moving tributes and personal accounts of Indigenous soldiers who had exemplified the ANZAC spirit of sacrifice, bravery and perseverance – even at a time when Aboriginal Australians encountered severe prejudice, to the extent that they were not counted in the national census. Read here for more information about the Great War service of Indigenous Australians.