A public meeting was held in Sydney for the purpose of inaugurating the campaign on behalf of the Monash Memorial Forest which the Jews of Australia propose planting in Palestine, in conjunction with the Jewish National Fund, in memory of Sir John Monash, commander of the Australian forces during the world war.
The Governor of New South Wales has given his patronage to the appeal, and the Minister of Defense, Sir George Pearce, sent a message in which he paid splendid tribute to the late Sir John Monash and heartily commended the idea of perpetuating his name in Palestine.
Rabbi Israel Brodie of Melbourne, President of the Australian Zionist Federation, delivered the principal address. The state government was represented by the Deputy Premier, Colonel Bruzner, who had been an officer in the British Occupation troops in Palestine, and who expressed his high appreciation of the work accomplished by the Jews in that country.
It is intended that the Monash Forest should comprise 10,000 trees of which the Jews of New South Wales have undertaken to contribute 3,000. In order that the memorial may have a specifically Australian character, it is to consist of Australian gum trees.