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Maestro John Monash

Australia's Greatest Citizen General

By Tim Fischer


Tim Fischer will be discussing Maestro John Monash at the following events.

A message from Prime Minister The Hon Tony Abbott MP, on the launch of Maestro John Monash (PDF, 90 kb)

Launched at Scotch College by the Hon. Josh Frydenberg, on 10 November 2014. For photos of the lanch visit out Facebook page.

‘A fair and passionate judgement of the greatest Australian to wear our uniform.’— Stephen Loosley, The Spectator Australia

‘Tim Fischer brings his army and political experience to the
General Monash story with a flowing and digestible style.’
— Professor Roland Perry

About Maestro John Monash

Who was the most innovative general of World War One? For Tim Fischer, the answer has to be Australia’s ‘Maestro’ John Monash, a man who, for all the recognition he received in his lifetime and after, has arguably not been given his proper due.

Fischer also asks why Monash, Australian Army Corps Commander, was never promoted to Field Marshal, postwar, as international precedent suggested was most appropriate, pointing the finger primarily at the Australian prime minister of the time, Billy Hughes, within a wider context of establishment suspicion towards this son of a German Jewish migrant.

‘A perfected modern battle plan is like nothing so much as a score for an orchestral composition, where the various arms and units are the instruments, and the tasks they perform are their respective musical phrases. Every individual unit must make its entry precisely at the proper moment and play its phrase in the general harmony.’
— John Monash

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About the Author

The Honourable Tim Fischer AC is the former deputy prime minister of Australia and was the Australian ambassador to the Holy See for three years until January 2012. A former Australian Army officer, NSW state parliamentarian, leader of the National Party and minister for trade, Tim Fischer is also a consultant, company director, author, broadcaster, and multiple patron.

His previous publications include Seven Days in East Timor: Ballot and Bullets (2000), Tim Fischer’s Outback Heroes: and Communities that Count (2002), Transcontinental Train Odyssey: The Ghan, the Khyber, the Globe (2004), Asia & Australia: Tango in Trade, Tourism and Transport (2005), Trains Unlimited in the 21st Century (2011) and Holy See, Unholy Me! 1000 Days in Rome (2013).

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