Sir John Monash

The Sir John Monash lecture series is part of Odyssey Traveller's annual week-long Summer School learning programs offered each January in Hobart, Tasmania.

These lectures use the life of Australia's greatest wartime military leader, Lieutenant General Sir John Monash, in order to examine the ANZAC story through World War I, from Gallipoli (1915) to the Western Front (1918). Our educational program does not aim to be a comprehensive history of World War I. Instead we examine one man's personal story in order to trace the emergence of a young and assertive nation.

Our summer scholars:

  • Learn about the early life of John Monash, his family and influences - his character development, education, and values;
  • Understand his path to military leadership at Gallipoli;
  • Appreciate how an outsider won the War (with or without) glory;
  • Gain knowledge of his post-war life;
  • Trace the subsequent evaluations of Monash by historians and the public;
  • Use and assess primary historical sources for possible bias and accuracy

Summer School classes for mature and senior travellers

Odyssey offers a collection of week-long learning programs offered each January in Hobart, Tasmania. Courses are refreshed for each year’s programs. Classes are limited to 15 people.

Over the last twenty-five years, Odyssey’s small group Summer School Program has given countless travellers an unforgettable educational and travel experience. Each summer, we prepare and offer fun and challenging special interest courses and programs designed to give travellers the options and opportunity to learn about history, religion, Australian culture, and the arts, among many other topics. These courses are designed in such a way that enthusiasts can deepen their knowledge of a particular topic or be initiated into new understandings on a subject.

We don’t quite live on campus, but we will be staying in a comfortable hotel in central Hobart! We will enjoy welcome and farewell dinners in between our seminars, as well as daily morning tea and lunch.

These programs offered are tailor-made for mature-aged and senior travellers who are eager to explore in-depth a particular topic. Summer school learning programs for mature and senior travellers who are and remain curious about the world. Read more about our philosophy of the Odyssey Summer Schools.


PDF of Tour

Overview: The tour will begin with a welcome reception and dinner.

Accommodation: Ibis Hobart.

Overview: Each course will comprise four lectures a day on each of the five days, from

Monday to Friday, starting at 9.00 am. There will be only one lecture after lunch each day, in order to free up most of the afternoon for private study and other activities.

Today, we begin with the following schedule:

9am till Tea: Introduction
Tea till Lunch: Prussia
After Lunch: Melbourne Boy

Accommodation: Ibis Hobart.

Overview: 9am till Tea: Melbourne Man
Tea till Lunch: Gallipoli
After Lunch: Great Retreat

Accommodation: Ibis Hobart.

Overview: 9am till Tea: England
Tea till Lunch: Home
After Lunch: *FREE

Accommodation: Ibis Hobart.

Overview: 9am till Tea: France
Tea till Lunch: Hamel
After Lunch: Group Challenge

Accommodation: Ibis Hobart.

Overview: 9am till Tea: Knighted in the field
Tea till Lunch: Repatriation
After Lunch: 1918 – 1931

This evening we enjoy a farewell dinner together at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Ibis Hobart.

Overview: The tour will end after breakfast.

1
The post-war life and evaluation of Monash.
2
How an outsider won the War with or without glory.
3
The early life of John Monash, his family and influences – what can be learned from his character development his education and values.
4
The path to military leadership at Gallipoli.
5
The youth and young professional as the 19th century closes.

What’s included in our Tour

  • Six nights of accommodation in Hobart.
  • Six breakfasts, three lunches, and two dinners.
  • Lectures and handouts as indicated.
  • Services of a study leader and lecturers.
  • Complimentary wifi.

What’s not included in our Tour

  • Return economy class domestic airfares to and from Hobart.
  • Departure taxes applicable to the standard itinerary.
  • Airport transfers.
  • Comprehensive travel insurance.
  • Costs of a personal nature.
Sir John Monash lecture
Sir John Monash lecture