On 12 and 13 November, Goulburn Mulwaree Library is hosting Goulburn’s first Reader Writer Festival. One of the events on offer is an author talk by the Honourable Tim Fischer, AC, on John Monash, considered the most innovative general of World War I.

In conversation with Warren Brown, Fischer will discuss why Monash was never promoted to Field Marshal, and who, despite the recognition received in his lifetime, was not given his proper due. Fischer considers the role of then Prime Minister, Billy Hughes, within a wider context of establishment suspicion towards Monash, the son of a German Jewish migrant.

Fischer will also talk about his 57-year obsession with trains, which began at age 13 when his father would take him to Boree Creek station, in the south-west of NSW, to meet the rail motor and pick up newspapers. These, and other army experiences, led him to write his two books Trains Unlimited in the 21st Century and Transcontinental Train Odyssey: The Ghan, The Khyber, The Globe.

When: Sunday 13 November 2016, 3:00-4:00pm
Where: Children’s Room, Goulburn Mulwaree Library
184/194 Bourke St, Goulburn NSW 2580
Cost: Free – Bookings essential.
Contact: 02 4823 4435

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