Almanac History: Monash Centenary Military Ceremony and Celebrations August 2021




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29th  August 2021


Plus supporting events on Saturday 28th August 2021


Everyone is welcome to attend the Monash Centenary Military Ceremony at Monash Memorial Hall from 9am on Sunday 29th August 2021. It is the start of a day full of events!


As Glossop shares its proclamation date with Monash (25 August 1921) and Monash township street names are named after Renmark WW1 soldiers who died in service, this event absolutely invites attendees from the wider Riverland.


This is an incredibly auspicious day – 100 years in the making – be there!


Sunday program  29/8/21



  • Military Service at the Cairn of General Sir John Monash, out front of the Monash Memorial Hall. Includes wreath laying, Last Post and Reveille.
  • Service by Father Paul Devenport, Anglican Church Renmark, Padre to RSL
  • Catafalque Party and Flag Party by Australia Army
  • Speech by Lt. General Rick Burr, Chief of Army or by Brigadier Graham Goodwin
  • Music by Australian Army Band SA



  • March from Monash Memorial Hall to Monash Adventure Park
  • Supported by RSL Renmark, RSL Barmera, RSL Berri, Vietnam Veterans Association, Air Force Cadets 603 Sqn, 410 Army Cadet Unit
  • All serving and ex-servicemen/women are encouraged to March
  • All descendants of original soldier settlers are particularly invited to March, and to display their ancestor’s war medals on their right breast



  • Happy Birthday by Australian Army Band SA



  • Thanksgiving Service at St. Oswald’s Anglican Church Monash – celebrating 99 years at Monash


From 11.30am

  • Lone Gum tree open for viewing via Lobban Road.
  • Monash Adventure Park open, including details of the Grant Telfer Statue Fundraiser
  • Monash Club open for meals and drinks
  • Restored Trucks of an original Monash Settler family on display
  • A local Winery or two will be open for tastings and sales


12noon – 4.00pm

  • Monash Hidden Secrets – Re-Exposed!
  • Monash history photo exhibition, open at the Monash Memorial Hall from noon until 4 pm
  • The main event was held in May and was so well received that it was opened for another weekend in June.  Now, we are opening the exhibition again so that those who are attending our Military event can view these wonderful memories of Monash from the 1920s, and particularly covering the first few decades of Monash & Lone Gum.
  • Absolutely worth visiting. It raised unexpected emotions in people who attended.
  • See for yourself.


Note – Brigadier Graham Goodwin, Commander 9th Brigade is also attending to represent Army, as Monash is named after the famous Australian World War 1 General Sir John Monash.


With Glossop named in honour of Vice-Admiral JC Glossop, Commander of HMAS Sydney during the Battle of Cocos Island, 9/11/1914 – Navy is being represented by Commander Alastair Cooper, Commanding Officer Navy Headquarters.


The Royal Australian Airforce is celebrating its 100th Centenary also on 29 August 2021, at Moonta SA. RAAF is represented here at Monash by 603 Sqn Air Force Cadets


Saturday program 28/8/2021


12noon – 4pm              Monash Hidden Secrets – Re-Exposed!


  • Open at the Monash Memorial Hall from noon until 4 pm
  • The main event was held in May and was so well received that it was opened for another weekend in June. Now, we are opening the exhibition again so that those who wi
  • While Sunday is the main military event, if you’re looking for something to do on the Saturday, especially if you’ve travelled some distance, you’re staying overnight and looking for something to do on Saturday ORif you’re local and want to see this much talked about exhibition that you previously missed OR if you just want to see it again, Saturday may be the quiet day when you can take your time to view this and leave your Sunday free to fully immerse in the military event  or come back and see the exhibition again. Many people have come back to see it a 2nd time because there is so much to take in.


All Day

  • Visit the Monash Adventure Playground



  • Monash Centenary Volunteer Dinner at the Monash Club with music provided by Australian Army Band SA

Organisational Enquiries to Lloyd Wright at [email protected]

Thank you!!




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  1. The people of the Monash community have done a wonderful job organising the various celebrations. I wish them all the best for the coming weekend.

    They have a network of people who have been researching the history of their area – some of whom have deep family roots there.

    Profiles of the soldier settlers will be available in a book and longer versions of those profiles as well as articles (with many terrific old photos) about all aspects of the Monash community on a website to be launched later in 2021.

    If you are interested to find out more, or if you have material you would like to contribute,please contact me [email protected] (whether it is to pass on a simple anecdote or you have a shoebox of documents and photos)

    The Footy Almanac will be helping the Monash community build the content of that website. If you would like to assist please send me an email.


  2. Kevin Densley says

    This sounds like a very interesting program of events.

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