Distinguished Members



The distinguished career of Sir Thomas Blamey (1884-1951) spanned two world wars, being Australia’s highest appointed army officer, and included a period as Victorian Chief Commissioner of Police. Although not without controversy, he is considered by some to be Australia’s greatest general. From the historic landing at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915, to chief-of-staff to Sir John Monash in France in 1918, Blamey’s awards included the D.S.O., and Croix de Guerre, appointed C.M.G. in 1918 and C.B. in 1919.



Vice Admiral Sir John Augustine Collins KBE CB RAN (1899-1989) is the RAN’s most distinguished past Admiral and certainly the most dominant figure in Australian naval history during the 20th century.



Major General Sir John Monash GCMG KCB VD (1865-1931) is one of the most highly distinguished of Australians, commemorated in the naming of Monash University, Monash Medical Centre, the City of Monash, Monash Freeway, Canberra’s suburb of Monash, and the more recent appearance of his portrait on the Australian one hundred dollar note. Internationally honoured and renowned, Kfar Monash (Monash village) in Israel is also named after him. In August 1918 during the Great War, he was knighted on the battlefield by King George V, the first person in two hundred years to be so honoured. Such were the results of a career outstanding in both the military and civil spheres.



Air Chief Marshal Sir Frederick Scherger KBE CB DSO AFC, ‘Scherg’ as he was known, became what many consider as the RAAF's outstanding pilot between wars.  He was highly regarded as a test pilot and flying instructor for which he was awarded the Air Force Cross in 1940.

He emerged from the war as one of the RAAF’s most experienced and successful senior commanders.

He went on to serve as Air Member for Personnel, Chief of the Air Staff and Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee.



Brig. General Tivey has commanded the 8th Infantry Brigade since 22nd July 1915. During the period from 28th February 1918 to 16th September 1918 he has commanded the Brigade in a most able and efficient manner. In the minor operations in the Morlancourt Sector of 29th July 1918 his skilful handling of the Brigade contributed in a large measure to the good results achieved. In the operations east of Villers-Bretonneux from the 8th to 11th August, his tactical skill and ability in handling the Brigade was responsible for the excellent results achieved by his command, and contributed in a large measure to the important results achieved by this Division. His Brigade followed up the retiring enemy to the Somme in the last days of August, captured several villages and forced the Germans over the River with considerable loss, and, owing to General Tivey’s skill and judgment with very moderate casualties to the Brigade during the numerous rear guard actions in which it was engaged.”