23 March 2015
Malcolm Fraser announced in Parliament on 15 May 1978 (upon Sir Robert's death), that there would be a memorial trust to commemorate Sir Robert Menzies.
One year later, a national appeal was launched. Under Malcolm Fraser's leadership, the Commonwealth Government donated $2 million plus matched dollar for dollar for contributions to the appeal.
At the end of the appeal $6.2 million was raised and the Sir Robert Menzies National Foundation for Health, Fitness and Physical Achievement, was formed with Sir William Vines as its Chair.
Like Sir Robert Menzies, Malcolm Fraser has donated his books and a range of other documents and photographs from his life to the University of Melbourne. If you want to know more about Malcolm Fraser and his life, you can explore the collection online or view it at the Baillieu Library.
The ABC also conducted the final interview with Mr Fraser, which gave great insights into his prime ministership as well as his contribution to the issues of race and asylum seekers in Australia. The interview can also be seen on iView.
Images (from top):
Malcolm Fraser with Heather Henderson, daughter of Sir Robert Menzies, 2011.
Malcolm Fraser in 1955.
Malcom and Tammy Fraser in 2010.