Summary

Australia
General Sir John Monash portrait medal
Mint: not recorded
Other Details: Medal depicting Sir John Monash, soldier, engineer and administrator, issued about 1945. Monash became commander of the Australian Corps during World War I. King George V recognized his role in the Battle of Hamel Hill with a knighthood. After the war Monash was responsible for arranging the return of Australian troops from Europe. He was General Manager and later Chair of the State Electricity Commission (SEC) of Victoria. Monash University and the Institute of Engineers both award medals in his name today.

Physical Description

Portrait bust of Sir John facing 3/4 to right; around, GENERAL SIR JOHN MONASH G.C.M.G. K.C.B. V.D.,

Obverse Description

Portrait bust of Sir John facing 3/4 to right; around, GENERAL SIR JOHN MONASH G.C.M.G. K.C.B. V.D.,

Reverse Description

PLAIN

Edge Description

PLAIN

Significance

Two John Monash medals are currently issued. The Sir John Monash Medal for Outstanding Achievement is awarded by Monash University to final year undergraduate students with excellent academic records who have also achieved excellence in another arena. One medal is awarded per faculty and sub-faculty per year. The John Monash citation and award by Engineering Heritage Australia acknowledges an engineer who has made an outstanding contribution to engineering heritage over a considerable amount of time by activities such as raising the awareness of engineering heritage within the profession, promotion of engineering heritage within the community or other worthy contributions.

-Engineers Australia web site http://qld.ieaust.org.au/jetspeed/static/items/6/2571/Novforweb.pdf; Monash University web site http://www.adm.monash.edu.au/unisec/academicpolicies/policy/recogexcel.html. -D. Tout-Smith 1/12/2003.

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