MONASH’S MILITIA CAMP –
Lilydale February 1914
By A J McAleer
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100 years ago John Monash and 3000 citizen soldiers descended on Lilydale and camped for week where the Lillydale Lake is today.
While they were there they were visited by General Sir Ian Hamilton & Richard Williams of RAAF fame and held a huge ‘mock battle’ near Melba’s home in Coldstream.
Why were they there, what did they do, why was the event the most important in Monash’s pre-war military career?
To mark the centenary of this remarkable event the Mt Evelyn RSL has published a book that details in words and images the fascinating story of ‘Monash’s Militia Camp’.
With a foreword by Brigadier (rtd) Michael Phelps AM