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Monash: The outsider who ended a war
January 1, 1970 @ 10:00 am
Sir John Monash GCMG, KCB, VD was a great Australian. In terms of importance to Australian history, he is head and shoulders above the pack for his achievements in defeating tyranny and fighting for democracy.
He was also a man who used education to turn his natural talent into ability, allowing him to realise his daring ambitions and benefit society.
Join us as alumnus and renowned author Roland Perry shares the remarkable life and achievements of the man after whom Monash University was named.
Professor Perry‚Äôs interest in Sir John began at a young age and led him to write the bestselling biography Monash: The Outsider Who Won a War based on Monash‚Äôs vast diary and letter archive.
The event will include live musical performances arranged and composed by Professor Mary Finsterer of the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music. There will also be readings of Sir John Monash‚Äôs letters by Dr Felix Nobis (PhD 2012).
Alumni Speaker Series
Wednesday, 27 February 2013
The Edge, Federation Square, Cnr Flinders and Swanston Sts, Melbourne
6pm for 6.30-7.30pm presentation
Light refreshments provided before and after the event.
Copies of Monash: The Outsider Who Won a War will be available for purchase at the event. ¬†Professor Perry will also be available to sign books following the presentation.
About our guest speaker
Melbourne-based writer and author, Professor Roland Perry OAM (BEc 1973) began his writing career as a journalist at The Age in Melbourne in 1969.
He spent five years in the UK making documentaries before releasing his first novel ‚Äì international bestseller Program for a Puppet – in 1979.
He has written 26 books to date including Sir Donald Bradman’s biography The Don. His other books include¬†Blood is a Stranger, The Australian Lighthorse, Pacific 360, and¬†Hidden Power. Monash: The Outsider Who Won a War was released in 2004.
The recipient of many awards, Professor Perry received the Medal of the Order of Australia ‚Äòfor service to literature as an author‚Äô in June 2011.In October of the same year he was made a Fellow of Monash University.
In late 2012 the University appointed him Writer-in-Residence in the Faculty of Arts.