Think that this is the first year they have done that? Liston (Lawrence) Stakes days honours return servicemen and the time Caulfield spent as an army base during WWII so they normally have army displays and exhibits. So not sure if this is a one off thing this is or a on going change, they might change the name every year to honour someone else I suspect.
That nails it Deli. Do you know if Monash was ever a member of the club ?
In other news I happy to report the Corps of Commissionaires still exists. It was established in Britain in 1859 to provide employment and welfare support for veterans of the Crimean War, a war which is very much commemorated in and about Caulfield with many street names derived from the conflict (Caulfield was made a municipality in 1857).
The Corps was established in Australia in 1939 (in NSW) and in Victoria in 1946. They are best known these days as the custodians of the Shrine of Rememberance .
Caulfield was one of several racecourses on crown land that was used for military purposes during WW2. Others include Randwick and Williamstown. Williamstown never reopened after the war and the clubs fixtures (including the Liston Stakes, the Underwood Stakes and the Orr Stakes) were conducted on other Melbourne tracks before they came to settle at Caulfield before the original Melbourne Racing Club was incorporated into the VATC. The Melbourne Racing Club itself had been formed out of an amalgamation 15 years earlier of the Williamstown Racing Club, which lost its course after the war, and the Victorian Trotting and Racing Association, which raced at Ascot and Mentone (which also closed in the 1940's).
The Melbourne Racing Club had been building a new course at Sandown Park but encountered financial difficulties. The project was able to continue through to completion following the 1963 merger with the VATC.