About Sir Robert Menzies

sir robert gordon menzies 2The Rt Hon Sir Robert Gordon Menzies, KT, AK, CH, FRS, QC was born in Jeparit, Victoria in 1894.

He graduated in Law with First Class Honours in 1916 and in the spring of 1920 he and Pattie Maie Leckie married.

Australia's longest serving prime minister, he was a barrister before being elected to the Victorian parliament in 1928.

Entering federal parliament in 1934 as a member of the United Australia Party, he became Prime Minister in 1939 but resigned in 1941 because of dissatisfaction with his leadership.

In 1945 he formed a new Liberal Party which he led to victory in 1949, remaining Prime Minister until his retirement in 1966.

Sir Robert had the great honour of being appointed Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports and Constable of Dover Castle in 1965. He held this title until his death in 1978. 

Further information about Sir Robert's life is available here.

Some salient dates are:

Further information about Sir Robert's life and career



  • Martin, AW (1993), 'Robert Menzies: A Life, Vol 1, 1894-1943', Melbourne University Press, Melbourne.
  • Martin, AW (1999), 'Robert Menzies: A Life, Vol 2, 1944-1978', Melbourne University Press, Melbourne.

A more extensive bibliography can be found in:

  • Bunting, EJ (1988), 'R.G. Menzies: A Portrait'. Allen and Unwin, Sydney.

(The Menzies Foundation has a small number of copies of this book which are available at a cost of $25.00 AUD, including GST and postage.)

Sir Robert's own books include:

  • The forgotten people (1943), Angus and Robertson, Sydney.
  • Speech is of time (1958), Cassell, London.
  • Afternoon light (1967), Cassell, Sydney.
  • Central power in the Australian Commonwealth (1967), Cassell, London.
  • To the people of Britain at war (1970 edition), Longmans, London.
  • The measure of the years (1970), Cassell, London.