Setting the social scene
Many of Monash’s first societies were religious, including the Evangelical Union, the (Catholic) Newman Society and the Jewish Students Society. The performing arts clubs attracted a lot of students, including the very successful Monash Players. Despite the sporting grounds being slow to develop (the grass was taking a long time to grow!), around 25 percent of students took part in some form of sport. Football and hockey were the most popular. But perhaps the most active groups were the political clubs. The Monash University Labor Club and the Monash Liberal Club were established in the University’s early years, and later more radical groups appeared, such as the Anti-Conscription League and the Socialist Club.