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Sir John Monash (1865-1931), Australian General; Civil Engineer

Sitter in 7 portraits
Born in Victoria, Australia; educated at the University of Melbourne, studying engineering, arts and law; supervised construction of Melbourne's outer circle eastern metropolitan railway from 1888. Private passion was citizen soldiering; joined the garrison artillery, responsible for the harbour defences, and rose to battery commander; made colonel and commander of the 13th infantry brigade in 1913; commanded the 4th brigade in Egypt in 1914; promoted to Major General, taking command of the 3rd Division on the Western Front in 1916; in 1918 Monash was appointed corps commander of the Australian forces and was knighted for his services; after the war he was head of the Victorian State Electricity Commission.