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Papers of Joseph Aloysius Lyons, 1924-1939 [manuscript]
Bib ID 1109693
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Lyons, J. A. (Joseph Aloysius), 1879-1939
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Access Conditions Available for reference. Not for loan. 
Description 1924-1939 
1.5 m. (6 boxes + 1 folio box) 

The papers contain correspondence, notes, commissions, invitations, photograph albums, and scrap books covering the years of Lyon's prime-ministership. The Depression, the formation of the United Australia Party, the choosing of the first U.A.P. Ministry, trade and customs in the 1930s, the appointment of Lord Gowrie as Governor-General, financial relations with Great Britain, the abdication of Edward VIII and the economy during the 1930s are all referred to in the papers. The main correspondents are C.L.A. Abbott, Lord Bruce, Eric Campbell, Sir Douglas Copland, Dr J. H.L. Cumpston, A.C. Davidson, Percy Deane, E.C. Dyason, F.M. Forde, Prof. L.F. Giblin, Sir Robert Gibson, Lord Gowrie, Sir Henry Gullett, Sir Laurence Hartnett, E.J. Hogan, W.M. Hughes, Colonel H.E. Jones, Sir John Latham, Sir Henry Lawson, Sir Essington Lewis, J. Ramsay MacDonald, Sir Walter Massy-Greene, G.A. Maxwell, Sir Robert Menzies, Prof. E. Morris Miller, Sir Keith Murdoch, Sir Earle Page, T. Paterson, Sir George Pearce, J.A. Perkins, Staniforth Ricketson, Sir Charles Rosenthal, J.H. Scullin, Sir Sydney Snow, Sir Bertram Stevens, Sir Frederick Stewart, M.M. Threlfall, J.B. Were, and Sir Thomas White.


Lyons was born and educated in Tasmania. He was a teacher before being elected in 1909 to the Tasmanian House of Assembly where he served as Minister for Education and Railways (1914-1916) and Premier and Treasurer (1923-1928). In 1929 he resigned to enter the House of Representatives for the seat of Wilmot. During the next ten years Lyons held portfolios of P.M.G. and Minister for Works and Railways (1929-1931) and Acting Treasurer (1930-1933) in the Labor Government of J.H. Scullin. In 1931 he formed the United Australia Party and was its leader (1931-1939). He was Prime Minister from 1932 until his death in 1939.


Manuscript reference no. : NLA MS 4851.

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Guide to collections of manuscripts relating to Australia ; C1140.

Index/Finding Aid Note Preliminary list available (3 p.). 
Subjects Lyons, J. A. (Joseph Aloysius), 1879-1939 -- Archives.  |  Politicians -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Prime ministers -- Australia -- Archives.
Time Coverage 1924-1939 
Occupation Federal politicians.  |  Politicians.


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