MS 1633 consists of subject files of correspondence, telegrams, cables, cuttings, personal documents, diaries, reports, memoranda and semi-official papers, speeches, press statements, parliamentary bills, papers and reports, statistics and notes. They cover such topics as primary industry, taxation and banking, foreign affairs, national insurance, federalism, industrial relations, constitutional reform and referenda, social services, immigration, trade, new state movements, the formation of the Bruce-Page government, and the Country Party. The correspondence includes letters from Lord Bruce, Lt. Col. M.F. Bruxner, Lord Casey, Sir Archdale Parkhill, Sir John Latham, Sir William Glasgow, V.C. Thompson, H.V.C. Thorby, Joseph Lyons, C.A. Street, T. Paterson, R.A. Vestey, Sir Percy Spender, Sir Frederic Shedden, Essington Lewis, Sir Robert Menzies, Frank Strahan, Sir Arthur Fadden, Sir Frederick Lloyd Dumas, Lord Gowrie, Percy Deane and M.L. Sheppard (253 boxes, 3 fol. boxes, 1 roll, 3 map folios).
Prime minister. Earle Christmas Grafton Page was born at Grafton, New South Wales in 1880. He was a surgeon during the First World War and, in 1919, was elected to the federal seat of Cowper in New South Wales. He helped found the Country Party and was leader from 1920 until 1939. He became treasurer in the Bruce-Page government, 1923-1929, served in the second Lyons ministry, and was prime minister, briefly, for 19 days, in 1939. Page was a minister in the Menzies and Fadden governments of 1940-1941 and Minister for Health in the Menzies governments of the early 1950s. He was appointed the first chancellor of the University of New England in 1955. Following his retirement from the Health portfolio in 1956, Page remained in parliament until his death in 1961. Further biographical information at http://trove.nla.gov.au/people/570993