1953 – Menzies government

Menzies Cabinet 1953
Menzies Cabinet, 1953 (NAA: A1811, CU1407/9)

The 1953 notebooks

Four Cabinet notebooks record material from meetings held in 1953. Notebooks 16 and 30 record material from meetings held in 1952 and 1953. Notebook 17 records material from meetings held in 1953 and 1954.

Allen Brown and John Bunting at times recorded notes at the same meeting. Thus notes about a particular meeting may be recorded in two separate notebooks. Brown recorded Notebooks 16 and 17, while Bunting recorded Notebooks 30 and 31.

Digitised copies of the original Cabinet notebooks can be viewed online in our collection database RecordSearch. The links in the table below will take you to the item description page in RecordSearch for each notebook. Once in RecordSearch, click on the ‘View digital copy’ icon to browse the notebook.

Submissions, decisions and other records

Submissions

Cabinet considered approximately 220 submissions during 1953. The submissions recorded by the fifth Menzies ministry are held in series A4905.

Relevant submissions can be identified by conducting a keyword search in our database RecordSearch, using ‘A4905’ as the reference number.

Decisions

Cabinet made approximately 300 decisions in 1953. Of these, approximately 100 were made without submission. The decisions recorded by the fifth Menzies ministry are held in series A4909.

Decisions made without submission can be identified by conducting a keyword search in our database RecordSearch using ‘A4909’ as the reference number. Decisions made on submissions can be identified attached to their related submission in series A4905.

Cabinet committee papers

Papers of the fifth Menzies ministry Cabinet committees are held in series A4933. Approximately 700 papers cover the issues discussed by Cabinet committees in 1953.

Relevant files can be identified by conducting a keyword search on our database RecordSearch using ‘A4933’ as the reference number.

Fifth Menzies Ministry

 After the election on 28 April 1951, Robert Menzies secured a majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. The fifth Menzies ministry was in place from 11 May 1951 until 11 January 1956.

In 1953 the Cabinet consisted of the following Ministers.

MinisterPosition
MENZIES, The Right Hon. Robert GordonPrime Minister
FADDEN, The Right Hon. ArthurTreasurer
HARRISON, The Hon. Eric JohnVice-President of Executive Council
Minister for Defence Production
HOLT, The Hon. HaroldMinister for Labour and National Service
Minister for Immigration
McEWEN, The Hon. JohnMinister for Commerce and Agriculture
CASEY, The Right Hon. Richard GardinerMinister for External Affairs
Minister in charge of Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research
McBRIDE, The Hon. Philip AlbertMinister for Defence
McMAHON, The Hon. WilliamMinister for the Navy
Minister for Air
PAGE, The Right Hon. Earle Christmas GraftonMinister for Health
O’SULLIVAN, The Hon. NeilMinister for Trade and Customs
McLEAY, The Hon. GeorgeMinister for Shipping and Transport
ANTHONY, The Hon. Hubert LawrencePostmaster-General
Minister for Civil Aviation
FRANCIS, The Hon. JosiahMinister for the Army
SPICER, The Hon. John ArmstrongAttorney-General
SPOONER, The Hon. William HenryMinister for National Development
COOPER, The Hon. Walter JacksonMinister for Repatriation
BEALE, The Hon. Oliver HowardMinister for Supply
KENT HUGHES, The Hon. Wilfred SelwynMinister for the Interior
Minister for Works and Housing (to 4 June 1952)
Minister for Works (from 4 June 1952)
TOWNLEY, The Hon. Athol GordonMinister for Social Services
HASLUCK, The Hon. Paul MeernaaMinister for Territories

 

Cabinet notebooks 1953

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