John Monash 3 years old [1868] / Davies & Co., Photographers, Melbourne

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Already standing tall with the help of a chair, who could have foretold that this little chap would grow up to become a great general, General Sir John Monash, whose bold new methods helped turn the tide against Germany? After commanding ten divisions of Australian, Canadian, American and British troops and saving so many Allied soldiers from the stalemate and slaughter, George V knighted him in the field at Amiens, which no monarch had done since George II.

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    Spidra Webster

    • 29/Jan/2014 05:25:36

    That is the youngest human I've ever seen with a pocket watch.

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    State Library of NSW

    • 29/Jan/2014 05:58:51

    Well spotted !!

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    • 29/Jan/2014 14:02:13

    Love this picture and the history! I've learned something new this morning and will have to do a little more research. The George II, "2015" field Knighting, date jumped off the page at me though...

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    State Library of NSW

    • 29/Jan/2014 22:56:48

    Thanks pls47 - I forgot the full stop after George II

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    Monash Public Library Service

    • 08/Aug/2017 06:03:46

    In 1994, with the amalgamation of the two former cities of Oakleigh and Waverley, a name was needed for the new municipality. The name Monash (in honor of Sir John Monash) was suggested by Councillor Eric Sekfy of Oakleigh and the Local Government Board approved it. See more about the Sir John Monash at the City of Monash's website.