Roland Perry is one of Australia’s most versatile and prolific authors. He has published 30 books in a range of genres including biography, politics, espionage, history (WW1 and WW2), sport and fiction. Professor Perry has specialised in history, and has written six bestsellers on World 1 and World War 11. He is the only author to have produced books on both the major battle zones of the Great War (1914-1918): the Western Front (Monash) and Eastern Front (The Australian Lighthorse). Perry has also written the most comprehensive work on Australia’s involvement in the Pacific War (1941-1945): The Fight for Australia. His other three books on war are: Bill the Bastard; Horrie; and Changi Brownlow, which was short-listed for the Australian Booksellers Industry Award for non-fiction (2010).
Educated at Scotch College Melbourne, Perry has an Economics degree from Monash University (1972). His awards include: the Frederick Blackham Exhibition Prize in Journalism at Melbourne University (1969); the prestigious Fellowship of Australian Writers National Literary Award for non-fiction (2004) with Monash: the outsider who won a war; and Cricket Biography of the Year (2006) from the UK Cricket Society for Miller’s Luck, a biography of all-rounder, Keith Miller. (The UK Daily Mail judged this as ‘Sports book of the year’ in 2006.)
In October 2011 Perry was made a Fellow of Monash University. He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia ‘for service to literature as an author’ in June 2011. He was a member of the National Archives of Australia’s Advisory Council 2006-2012. He is a member of the General Sir John Monash Foundation, the KK Club, and a director of The Spirit of Australia Foundation. Monash University bestowed a Professorship on Roland Perry in October 2012. He is the University’s first Writer-in-Residence, lecturing PhDs and PhD aspirants on all aspects of writing, and Australian history. He also teaches writing classes in Presbyterian Ladies College Melbourne’s Gifted Education program. Perry was appointed Patron of the Saluting Monash Council in 2016.
Tim Fischer was born at Lockhart, NSW and educated at Boree Creek in the Riverina and Xavier College, Melbourne. Mr Fischer served with the Australian Army 1 RAR from 1966-1969, in both Australia and Vietnam, before returning to the family farm at Boree Creek in southern NSW.
In 1971 he was elected to the NSW Parliament. During his time in State Parliament, Mr Fischer became National Party Whip and served on a number of Parliamentary Committees, including the State ‘Staysafe’ Committee. He resigned from State Politics in 1984 to seek pre-selection for the Federal Parliamentary seat of Farrer, at the time based on Albury, Corowa and Deniliquin, from the ACT to the SA border.
Mr Fischer was subsequently elected Federal Member for Farrer and served in this role from 1984 to 2001. During this time, he was Shadow Minister for Energy & Resources, Shadow Minister for Trade, Leader of the National, and later Minister for Trade and Deputy Prime Minister in the Howard Government (1996 - 1999). He led the Official delegation to observe the East Timor Referendum in 1999.
In Federal Parliament, Tim Fischer strongly supported harmonised strict Gun Law Reform and also the World’s newest Transcontinental Railway, Adelaide to Darwin where freight tonnage has increased greatly since its inception in 2004.
He retired from politics in 2001, served as Chair Tourism Australia 2004 - 2007 and then first Rome resident Australian Ambassador to the Holy See 2009 - 2012. He was also appointed Special Envoy by the Australian Government to Bhutan, Eritrea and South Sudan, for a period of years. In his work and related roles, he has visited over 84 countries.
In 2012 Tim Fischer was elected Vice Chairman of the Global Crop Diversity Trust or GCDT with Seed Vault in North Norway.
Mr Fischer is Chairman of FAMU Holdings, a private company, and has a range of business interests, mainly with an export orientation. His hobbies include chess and trekking in KNP and the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan.
Mr Fischer has also held the following honorary positions:
Some of Mr Fischer’s previous commercial activities include the following:
Tim is the author of three successful books (published by Allen & Unwin):
His most recent writings include:
He has a number of works in progress, including one on Gallipoli and Hamel.
Tim’s latest book “Maestro John Monash Australia’s Greatest Citizen General” was a sell-out. [It was after reading this book that the idea of Saluting Monash Council was born. Ed]
Tim lives at Mudgegonga, Victoria with his wife Judy and two sons, Harrison and Dominic and at times at Boree Creek, NSW.
In short Tim Fischer has diverse interests, from bushwalking in Bhutan and around Tumbarumba, also bike riding the Great Descent from Beechworth, to drinking white wine and reading second hand olde railway books, in between swimming and writing.
Judy Landau has served on the Board of an Ex Service Organisation for over 10 years and is currently in her fourth year as President. She will not stand for re-election as President in 2017 due to family reasons, but will continue on the Board as Secretary. She has been the driving force in the revitalisation of the ESO and has actively participated in its promotion and growth.
When serving for four years as Vice President, she was MC for all of the Services and Functions. Her compassionate confidence at the microphone gave a reverent depth to the Services that has been acknowledged and appreciated by both members and guests alike. One of these services was the annual gathering at the graveside of General Sir John Monash. “He was such an amazing man, a genius. But for all of his extraordinary achievements, he remained humble to the point of giving strict and clear instructions that when he passed away, his gravestone was NOT to have any rank, title or post-nominal. It was just to be simply ‘John Monash’. This taught me a powerful life-lesson, as it should to us all.”
In 2009 her portfolio was expanded to include the artwork for printed documents and certificates, she is Editor of the magazine and administers the ESO’s website. Judy worked closely with our web developer, Lisa Jones of Concatenate Aust Pty Ltd up to the site’s launch date and Judy now administers the website.
She is our technical guru and her video productions honouring the memories of the fallen are sensitively done and popular with families of the fallen.
Part of Judy’s focus is on how Saluting Monash Council is presented. In January 2016, six months before SMC was officially formed, she designed the logo and letterhead, creating the basics for the Council so that it was ready to go once it was formed. Judy is a cheerful and willing worker who gets the job done usually before she is asked to do it.
Judy served in 3 WRAAC COY and 3 DIV INT. She is a member of the WRAAC Association, the Australian Intelligence Corps Association, the Australian Intelligence Association and Australian Reserve Forces Day Council (Vic).
Lieutenant Colonel Moore was born in Melbourne, Victoria on 4 July 1942 and was educated in Melbourne and country Victoria. He joined the Bank of New South Wales (now Westpac Banking Corporation) in Horsham and served in various regional and city appointments in Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales.
He had extensive experience in the Westpac training field in VIC, SA and NSW, together with Branch and Head Office management, finishing his career as a senior manager Sales and Marketing. On retirement he established his own successful marketing company and is now retired to pursue his other interests.
He enlisted in the Citizen Military Forces now Army Reserve in 1959 in Horsham as a Private Soldier in the Royal Australian Army Service Corps. Following transfers in his civil employment to the many branches of the Bank of New South Wales in three states. He subsequently served as a Bombardier, with the Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery in Warrnambool and as a Sergeant with the Royal Australian Armoured Corps 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles in Albury while working in the bank in Tallangatta.
On transfer to Melbourne, he was commissioned in September 1966 and appointed Platoon Commander with 6 Transport Column and served in a variety of regimental and staff appointments before promotion to Captain in 1971.
In 1973 he was promoted and transferred to SA in charge of training for SA and NT. He was promoted to Major in 1974 and served as the Officer Commanding 8 Transport Squadron in Adelaide, Tactics Instructor at the Reserve Command & Staff College and in other staff appointments. Following qualification at the Land Warfare Centre he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 1984 and appointed Commanding Officer 4 Movement Control Unit.
After being transferred to NSW in 1985 he served as the Commander Divisional Transport Second Division in Sydney from where he was selected to attend the 6 months course, Joint Services Staff College, jssc, in Canberra as the Reservist student. The six month course involved studies which took him to Indonesia as guests of their forces and visits to Defence Bases on the East Coast, Darwin and Tindal. He later served in a number of staff appointments with Headquarters Land Command and he retired as Staff Officer Grade One Logistic Support on the Headquarters of the Logistic Support Force.
Lieutenant Colonel Moore was also prominent in the Returned and Services League and is the immediate past president of the Westpac Sub Branch and is now a Trustee. He was the first Reservist to be awarded Life Membership of the League in 1996. In 2008 he was awarded Hon Life Membership of the Royal Australian Armoured Corps Association (NSW) which was presented by the Governor of NSW Her Excellency Marie Bashir AC CVO.
His awards include the Efficiency Decoration, the Reserve Force Decoration, the Reserve Force Medal, Australian Defence Medal and the National Medal. He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in Her Majesty the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2000 for his service as the initiator and organiser of the Inaugural Reserve Forces Day Parade in 1998.
In 1995 he served on the Department of Veterans’ Affairs NSW “Australia Remembers” 50th Anniversary of the end of WWII, 1945-1995 NSW Organisation Team and John was awarded a certificate of recognition for his service by the Minister.
Lieutenant Colonel Moore has been the National Executive Officer and NSW Deputy Chairman of the Reserve Forces Day Council since 1998.
In 2003 he commenced and led “The New Medal Group” to its success in 2006. The team campaigned for the recognition of former and serving members of the ADF to be awarded a service medal in recognition of their service. Until then members who did not have the chance to serve overseas and may have served for 10 years or more without a medal being awarded. The group fought for current members and all those that had met their service required in many cases up to 60 years before. They now have the Australian Defence medal which they wear proudly to show they served Australia in the Armed Forces, regular or part-time. In 2012 he commenced a RFDC Team to raise funds to help establish a Boer War Memorial in Canberra and with a number of his initiatives since then they have raised over $100,000 which continue to grow for the new memorial.
In 2013 he started a new group to introduce Rails Trails into NSW – no group existed prior to this and as a result NSW has been left behind by all the others states, the NT and NZ. Work is progressing slowly with 15 highly potential Rail Trails indentified and the first pilot approved.
After reading many books on WWI and the wonderful results of General Sir John Monash through his initiative he has commenced the Saluting Monash Council, with the objective of having the long overdue promotion of General Sir John Monash to Field Marshal by Remembrance Day 2018.
Married to Virginia, they have two married daughters with seven grand children between them and a married son. John’s interests include sailing, tennis, golf, fishing and bike riding. This year in February rode 157km Rail Trail in NZ with his wife.
Pictured from left to right;
MAJ Frank Woodhams OAM ED (Ret'd)
2IC & Treasurer
WO1 Harry Crampton (Ret'd)
RFDC AUST RSM
Former 1/15 RNSWL
LTCOL John Moore OAM RFD ED (Ret'd)
RFDC National Executive Officer
Dr Judy Landau
Deputy Chair SMC
BRIG Neale Bavington RFD ED (Ret'd)
Chair RFDC VIC
WOI Chris Guest
RFDC Sydney RSM
Former 1/15 RNSWL
WOI John Casey (Ret'd)
Photo by WOI Bob Pink OAM (MIL)
RFDC Sydney Admin Officer
Mr Michael Headberry
Mr Peter McCall OAM