In his foreword to this book, the Director of the Australian War Memorial, Dr Brendan Nelson, describes this volume as ‘a detailed look at an intriguing man’.
Logistics Exercises like this, small in scale and time by Easter camp standards though it was, still required considerable logistics – rations had to be arranged and issued to the soldiers to carry in their haversacks or ration carts pre-positioned in the exercise area, medical arrangements had to be made in case of exercise casualties, […]
Introduction 1888 was a particularly busy year in the life of the nascent Militia forces in Victoria. Formed in 1885 to replace in large part Volunteer forces which had been in existence since the mid- 1850s, Militia involvement in the social, civil and military life of this wealthy colony was already comprehensive and well reported.
The second ‘Report on the Defences of Victoria’ presented in March, 1879, motivated the Victorian government into immediately implementing an integrated system of gunboats, fortifications, and submarine minefields to defend Port Phillip Heads and the Southern Bay channels.
In 1860 the Victorian Colony sought advice on suitable defences to protect Port Phillip from naval attack. An expert fortress engineer, Captain Peter Scratchley R.E., was assigned by the UK Government in 1860 to devise a plan.
This substantial and impressive volume describes the service life of William George Monteith – the author’s late husband’s grandfather.
This first biography was written by his grandson, Basil (Jika) Holmes Travers after his retirement in 1984, and was finally published in 2016 through the efforts of his daughter Philippa Holmes Hyles.
The Diamond Jubilee and the Kolopore Cup.