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Sir Robert Menzies was a politician and was the 12th Prime Minister of Australia, serving two terms from 1939-1941 and 1949-1966. Menzies was born in Jeparit, Victoria in 1894. He was educated at Humffray Street State School and Grenville College in Ballarat and Wesley College and University of Melbourne, where he studied Law. In 1918 he was admitted to the Bar and started a law practice. In 1928, Menzies gave up his law practice to enter state parliament as a member of the Victorian Legislative Council from East Yarra Province, representing the Nationalist Party of Australia. Menzies transferred to federal politics in 1934, representing the United Australia Party in the Melbourne electorate of Kooyong. He was immediately appointed Attorney-General and Minister for Industry in the Lyons government. Robert Menzies became the 12th prime minister in 1939 when he replaced Earle Page, who was caretaker prime minister following the death of Joseph Lyons. The Menzies era saw Australia become an increasingly affluent society, with average weekly earnings in 1965 50% higher in real terms than in 1945. The increased prosperity enjoyed by most Australians during this period was accompanied by a general increase in leisure time, with the five-day workweek becoming the norm by the mid-Sixties, together with three weeks of paid annual leave. He promoted an enormous influx of European immigrants and the augmentation of manufactures, construction and overseas commerce. In 1966 Menzies resigned from parliament and was replaced as prime minister by Harold Holt. To date, Menzies is Australia's longest-serving Prime Minister, having served for over 18 years. In 1976, he was appointed a Knight of the Order of Australia. Robert Menzies died from a heart attack in Melbourne in 1978, aged 83.

MAY 15, 1979: MELBOURNE, VIC. (L-R) Dame Pattie...
By Graeme Thomson
15 May, 1979
MAY 19, 1978: MELBOURNE, VIC. Former Prime Minister...
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19 May, 1978
MARCH, 1977: MELBOURNE, VIC. Queen Elizabeth II...
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23 March, 1977
MARCH, 1977: MELBOURNE, VIC. Queen Elizabeth II...
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01 March, 1977
UNDATED: Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies. (Photo...
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01 January, 1975
AUGUST 8, 1973: MELBOURNE, VIC. (L-R) Sir Robert...
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08 August, 1973
SEPTEMBER 2, 1972: MELBOURNE, VIC. Sir Robert...
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02 September, 1972
MAY, 1969: MELBOURNE, VIC. Former Prime Minister...
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01 May, 1969
UNDATED: (L-R) Australian Prime Minister Harold...
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01 January, 1967
AUGUST 10, 1966: Former Prime Minister Sir Robert...
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10 August, 1966
APRIL 6, 1966: MELBOURNE, VIC. (L-R) Sir Robert...
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06 April, 1966
JANUARY 20, 1966: CANBERRA, ACT. Prime Minister...
By Ron Iredale
20 January, 1966
JANUARY 20, 1966: CANBERRA, ACT. Prime Minister...
By Ron Iredale
20 January, 1966
JANUARY 20, 1966: CANBERRA, ACT. Prime Minister...
By Ron Iredale
20 January, 1966
JANUARY 20, 1966: CANBERRA, ACT. Prime Minister...
By Ron Iredale
20 January, 1966
CIRCA 1966: (L-R) Prime Minister Harold Holt and...
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01 January, 1966
1966: (L-R) United States President Lyndon B....
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01 January, 1966
1966: (L-R) United States President Lyndon B....
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01 January, 1966
JULY 13, 1965Y: CANBERRA, ACT. Prime Minister...
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13 July, 1965
APRIL 5, 1965: SYDNEY, NSW. Prime Minister Sir...
By Wal Harrison
05 April, 1965
NOVEMBER 24, 1964: SYDNEY, NSW. Australian Prime...
By Guy Wilmott
24 November, 1964
NOVEMBER 24, 1964: SYDNEY, NSW. Australian Prime...
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24 November, 1964
JULY 30, 1964: SYDNEY, NSW. (L-R) Cardinal Norman...
By Neville Whitmarsh
30 July, 1964
CIRCA 1964: Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies....
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01 January, 1964
DECEMBER 1, 1963: Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies....
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01 December, 1963
NOVEMBER 14, 1963: BRISBANE, QLD. An interjector...
By Ray Saunders
14 November, 1963
NOVEMBER 14, 1963: BRISBANE, QLD. Young members...
By Ray Saunders
14 November, 1963
NOVEMBER 14, 1963: BRISBANE, QLD. Prime Minister...
By Ray Saunders
14 November, 1963
APRIL 23, 1963: BRISBANE, QLD. Prime Minister...
By Noel Pascoe
23 April, 1963
APRIL 22, 1963: BRISBANE, QLD. The Prime Minister...
By Jim Fenwick
22 April, 1963
MARCH 18, 1963: CANBERRA, ACT. Queen Elizabeth...
By Al Pascoe
18 March, 1963
MARCH 13, 1963: CANBERRA, ACT. (L-R) Prime Minister...
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13 March, 1963
FEBRUARY 6, 1963: CANBERRA, ACT. (L-R) Sir Robert...
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06 February, 1963
FEBRUARY 6, 1963: CANBERRA, ACT. (L-R) Sir Robert...
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06 February, 1963
JANUARY 18, 1963: Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies....
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18 January, 1963
1963: Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies arrives...
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01 January, 1963
1963: Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies arrives...
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01 January, 1963
AUGUST, 1962: MELBOURNE, VIC. Prime Minister Robert...
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01 August, 1962
1962: MELBOURNE, VIC. Governor-General Lord de...
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01 January, 1962
1962: SYDNEY, NSW. Prime Minister Robert Menzies...
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01 January, 1962
JUNE 21, 1961: BRISBANE, QLD. Prime Minister Robert...
By Ray Saunders
21 June, 1961
JUNE 21, 1961: The Prime Minister Robert Menzies...
By Ray Saunders
21 June, 1961
JUNE 20, 1961: TOWNSVILLE, QLD. Prime Minister...
By Ray Saunders
20 June, 1961
JUNE 20, 1961: ROCKHAMPTON, QLD. Prime Minister...
By Ray Saunders
20 June, 1961
APRIL 15, 1961: ADELAIDE, SA. Commemorations at...
By John Burdett
15 April, 1961
1961: ADELAIDE, SA. (L-R) Peter Cellier, John...
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01 January, 1961
SEPTEMBER 9, 1960: SYDNEY, NSW. (L-R) Prime Minister...
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09 September, 1960
1960: MELBOURNE, VIC. Australian Prime Minister...
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01 January, 1960
NOVEMBER 30, 1959: BRISBANE, QLD. Australian Prime...
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30 November, 1959
NOVEMBER 30, 1959: BRISBANE, QLD. Sir Robert Menzies...
By Al Pascoe
30 November, 1959
SEPTEMBER 21, 1959: ADELAIDE, SA. Prime Minister...
By Vern Thompson
21 September, 1959
SEPTEMBER 20, 1959: Former Prime Minister Sir...
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20 September, 1959
OCTOBER 12, 1958: SYDNEY, NSW. Australian Prime...
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12 October, 1958
JUNE 13, 1958: BRISBANE, QLD. The Prime Minister...
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12 June, 1958
JUNE 12, 1958: QLD. Australian Prime Minister...
By Ray Saunders
12 June, 1958
JUNE 12, 1958: QLD. Australian Prime Minister...
By Ray Saunders
12 June, 1958
JUNE 12, 1958: WEIPA, QLD. Australian Prime Minister...
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12 June, 1958
JUNE 10, 1958: MOUNT ISA, QLD. (L-R) Prime Minister...
By Ray Saunders
10 June, 1958
1958: RADIUM HILL, SA. Prime Minister Sir Robert...
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01 January, 1958
1958: Elizabeth the Queen Mother with politician...
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01 January, 1958
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