Media release: Friday, 12 October 2012
A new guide to the archives of Australia's twenty-second Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser, will be launched by former Member of Parliament Petro Georgiou and Federal Minister of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government and Minister for the Arts the Hon Simon Crean on Monday 15 October.
A long-time friend and colleague of Mr Fraser, Mr Georgiou is now a Vice-Chancellor's Fellow at the University of Melbourne.
Malcolm Fraser: Guide to Archives of Australia's Prime Ministers, by Elizabeth Masters and Katie Wood, is one of a series of publications by the National Archives of Australia to help researchers locate archives about Australian prime ministers.
The National Archives of Australia and the University of Melbourne Archives (UMA) have collaborated to produce the guide, which covers Mr Fraser's life from childhood to his post-parliamentary activities, because they each hold major collections of his material.
The UMA holds Mr Fraser's private library, personal papers, and documents before and after his public political life, and the NAA holds his ministerial and prime-ministerial material, as well as many departmental records.
Mr Fraser's biographer, journalist and current Director of the University of Melbourne's Centre for Advanced Journalism Dr Margaret Simons has contributed short biographies of both Malcolm and Tamie Fraser to the publication.
"Making archives accessible to Australians – including journalists, historians, educators and the general public – is one of the National Archives' key functions," said David Fricker, Director-General of the National Archives.
"Guides such as this are essential tools that help people find relevant records, particularly when they are located in more than one institution – as Mr Fraser's records are. Archival records of all 27 Australian prime ministers show democracy in action, providing an insight into the life and times of our national leaders."
"Our prime ministerial research guides highlight individuals' contributions to the national debate and reflect our nation's cultural and political evolution."
University of Melbourne Librarian Mr Philip Kent said the collection held at the University of Melbourne included iconic documents relating to major political events as well as a more rounded perspective on Malcolm Fraser's life and career.
"The UMA Fraser Archive includes information about his grandfather and parents, early school life, Oxford university notes, pre-selection, opposition and Government, to his later achievements as a public figure standing against apartheid, in support of refugees, and in founding CARE Australia," Mr Kent said.
Records in the National Archives cover his time as a Menzies government backbencher, his period as Minister for the Army during Australia's early Vietnam War involvement, his terms as Minister for Education and Science under Gorton and McMahon, and his time in Opposition from 1972 until the dismissal of the Whitlam government in 1975.
View the guide at: http://guides.naa.gov.au/malcolm-fraser/index.aspx
Hi-res images at: http://www.naa.gov.au/about-us/media/images/index.aspx
INVITATION TO MEDIA TO ATTEND THE LAUNCH:
WHAT: Launch of Malcolm Fraser: Guide to Archives of Australia's Prime Ministers
WHEN: Monday 15 October, 5pm (commencing 5.30pm)
WHERE: University Hall, Old Quad, University of Melbourne
David Fricker, National Archives of Australia (contact Shaun Rohrlach – below)
Dr Katrina Deane, University of Melbourne Archivist (contact Katherine Smith – below)
Katherine Smith: (University of Melbourne Media Unit) – 0402 460 147
Shaun Rohrlach: (National Archives of Australia Communications) - 0434 664 621