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Papers of Sir Robert Menzies, 1905-1978 [manuscript]
Bib ID 2941360
Format ManuscriptManuscript, OnlineOnline
Menzies, Robert, Sir, 1894-1978
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Access Conditions Part available for research, part Open With Exception (Series 1, Box 35; Series 36, Folder 7 (Box 541). Not for loan. 
Description [1905-1978] 
151.86 m. (567 boxes) + 17 archives boxes + 5 small folio boxes + 18 medium folio boxes + 6 large folio boxes + 76 phase boxes + 1 framed item in map drawer + 23 map folios + 2 pieces. 

This extensive collection of personal papers includes inter alia: 1. Inward and outward correspondence sorted chronologically and by name, 1935-1978. Principal correspondents include Eric Harrison, Lord Casey, Harold Macmillan, Leo Amery, Clive Baillieu, Owen Dixon, Alfred Stirling, Jack Fingleton, Fred Alexander, Walter Crocker, Lionel Lindsay, Alexander Douglas Home, Will Ashton, Anthony Eden, Jack Cato, Winston Churchill, Alexander Downer, Alan Herbert, James McGregor, Hubert Opperman, Leon Trout, Ralph Richardson, Frank Richardson, Justice Felix Frankfurter and Colonel F.H. Wright. 2. Press cuttings, speeches, statements and broadcasts, 1917-1976. 3. Diaries, 1935-1963, including those kept on overseas trips and office appointment diaries. 4. Research material and drafts of writings. 5. Personal medical, legal and financial records. 6. Family papers, including those of his wife Dame Pattie Menzies. 7. Liberal Party correspondence and printed material, 1944-1974. 8. Family and official photographs.

9. Papers relating to specific topics including the Communist Party, the 1956 Suez Crisis, defence, cricket, elections, Rhodesia and South Africa, banking, economics and the Churchill Memorial Trust. 10. Papers relating to Menzies' appointment as Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, 1965-1971.


Prime minister and barrister. Robert Gordon Menzies was prime minister of Australia from 1939-1941 and 1949-1966. He was the Member of the House of Representatives for Kooyong, Victoria, between 1934 and 1966, and leader of the Federal Opposition from 1943-1949. Menzies was also the founder and longest serving leader of the Liberal Party of Australia.


Manuscript reference no.: MS 4936.

Card index to correspondence available.

Associated materials: Papers relating to the Commonwealth Jubilee, 1951 MS 1874.

MS 4936 copy Also available online

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Guide to collections of manuscripts relating to Australia, E950.

Index/Finding Aid Note Finding aid (1 binder) available in the Special Collections Reading Room. 
Subjects Menzies, Robert, Sir, 1894-1978 -- Archives.  |  Menzies, Pattie, Dame, 1899-1995.  |  Menzies family.  |  Liberal Party of Australia -- Officials and employees -- Archives.  |  Liberal Party of Australia.  |  Communist Party of Australia.  |  Lawyers -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Prime ministers -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Statesmen -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Cricket -- Australia -- History.  |  Australia -- Politics and government -- 1939-1945.  |  Australia -- Politics and government -- 1945-1965.  |  Australia -- Politics and government -- 1965-  |  Egypt -- History -- Intervention, 1956.  |  Australia -- Civil defense.
Time Coverage 1905-1978 
Occupation Lawyers.  |  Federal politicians.  |  Prime ministers.  |  Statesmen.
Terms of Use Copying of Sir Robert Menzies' material permitted for research purposes. 
Exhibited Selected items exhibited: Treasures Gallery, National Library of Australia, 13 May 2019 - 11 November 2019.  Exhibited: "Treasures Gallery", National Library of Australia, 7 October 2011 - 15 December 2012.  Selected items exhibited: Treasures Gallery, National Library of Australia, November 2019 - April 2020. 

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