Vale Malcolm Fraser

23 March 2015

Malcolm Fraser with Heather Henderson, daughter of Sir Robert Menzies The passing of Malcolm Fraser, Australia's 22nd Prime Minister, gives us pause to remember the key role he – and the Australian public – played in the establishment of the Menzies Foundation.

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.

Malcolm Fraser in 1955John Malcolm Fraser AC, CH, GCL (21 May 1930 – 20 March 2015) was an Australian politician who was the Prime Minister of Australia and the Leader of the Liberal Party from 1975 to 1983.

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.

Malcolm Fraser in 2010The 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.