Another successful Monash Dinner

Pictured at the dinner, (L-R) David Leeds, Grace Leeds, Cr Ruth McRae and Michael Bennett.















Murrumbidgee Council has hosted another highly successful Monash Dinner to honour the famous son of Jerilderie, General Sir John Monash.

Murrumbidgee Mayor Ruth McRae said over 130 people enjoyed the dinner, which included a highly entertaining oration by guest speaker and Monash’s great grandson, Michael Bennett.

Mr Bennett said it was the first time he had been to Jerilderie and said it was very special for him to come and meet the locals and speak about the achievements of his great grandfather.

Mr Bennett provided a fascinating account of the many achievements of General Sir John Monash, his passion for life and his quest for learning. He emphasised the importance of understanding the full life of his great grandfather, from his time as a civil engineer before WW1 building many constructions around southern Australia, to leading the AIF and then his involvement in many nation-building projects after the war.

Also part of the evening was the announcement of the winner of the Monash Bursary, which is sponsored by Murrumbidgee Council.

Cr McRae said it was a great pleasure to announce Grace Leeds as this year’s bursary winner.

“I congratulate Grace on winning the $2,000 bursary and wish her every success in her studies,” Cr McRae said.

The Monash Dinner was just one of a host of events held over the weekend. Other events included the Jerilderie Gold Cup, the 150th birthday celebrations of Jerilderie Public School and the open day for Jerilderie Independent Living Units.

Mr Bennett also attended the races and spoke at the Jerilderie Public School celebrations of the high regard his great grandfather had for his teacher at the school and the importance he placed on lifelong learning.