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The origins of the Sir John Monash Centre


Posted on 18 July 2017

In April 2015, the concept for the new Sir John Monash Centre, sitting adjacent to the Australian National Memorial and the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, was unveiled.

Designed to build awareness of Australia’s role on the Western Front during the First World War, and to honour the incredible sacrifice of the more than 295,000 Australians who served there, the Centre is the hub of the Australian Remembrance Trail on the Western Front.

The location of the Sir John Monash Centre, near Villers-Bretonneux, is significant as it was here in 1918 that a victory led by Australian soldiers helped stem the tide of the German offensive.

Gallipoli was a splendid failure but the Western Front was a terrible victory, and we should remember our victories as much as we remember our defeats.

Prime Minister the Hon Tony Abbott MP, 2015.

The Sir John Monash Centre will inform current and future generations about Australia’s role on the Western Front by allowing them to experience history through the personal stories of those who fought there.

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