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The Sir John Monash Centre welcomes its new Director, Ben Daetwyler

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Posted on 23 June 2024

Ben Daetwyler has been appointed by the Australian Department of Veterans’ Affairs as the new Director of the Sir John Monash Centre. Taking up his appointment just before Anzac Day, he is the third Director of the Centre, following Caroline Bartlett and Rebecca Doyle.

 

 

 

Ben served as a Signals Officer in the Australian Army before joining the Australian Public Service and then moving into the private sector. Prior to taking up his current role at the Centre, Ben was working in capability development for the Department of Defence.

 

This role is particularly poignant for Ben, who has family members who served in France during the First World War with both the Australian and British Armies. One of whom, Private William Ecclestone, served in the 16th Battalion AIF, was killed in the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux and is among the missing commemorated on the Australian National Memorial.

 

While in France Ben hopes to indulge his passion for history and the 1918 battles of the First World War in particular. He also plans to work on his French language skills having promised several people a certain degree of fluency by Anzac Day 2025!

Ben Daetwyler during the visit of the General-Governor of Australia, His Excellency David Hurley, to the Sir John Monash Centre on 5 June 2024.
Ben Daetwyler during the visit of the General-Governor of Australia, His Excellency David Hurley, to the Sir John Monash Centre on 5 June 2024.

“It is a real honour to be allowed to do such an important job. We owe a debt of gratitude to everyone who served, and the Sir John Monash Centre is key in ensuring that their story is told.”

Ben Daetwyler

The Sir John Monash Centre team is delighted to be working alongside Ben in honouring the Australians who served on the Western Front and looks forward to this new chapter for the Centre.

 

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