Monash Street was named after Colonel John Monash of Prussian-Jewish background.
He was not a professional soldier, but had risen in the ranks of the militia to Colonel. He was an engineer by trade and worked on the old ANZ Bank in St John Street, Launceston as a structural engineer.
When war broke out, he enlisted and was given command of AIF’s 4th Infantry Brigad
e. He fought at ANZAC and then on the Western Front. Monash believed infantry should be integrated with artillery. He came up with the idea of using gas attacks on the Germans for days before an attack, then used smoke shells on the day.
He is given credit by some as the true architect of victory.