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Malcolm Fraser: Guide to Archives of Australia's Prime Ministers

Appendix 4: Select bibliography

Books on Malcolm Fraser

Ayres, Philip, Malcolm Fraser: a biography, William Heinemann Australia, Melbourne, 1987.

Edwards, John, Life Wasn't Meant to Be Easy: a political profile of Malcolm Fraser, Mayhem, Sydney, 1977.

Fraser, Malcolm, Common Ground: issues that should bind and not divide us, Penguin Books, Camberwell, Victoria, 2002.

Fraser, Malcolm and Margaret Simons, Malcolm Fraser: the political memoirs, The Miegunyah Press, Melbourne, 2010.

Hindhaugh, Christina, It Wasn't Meant to Be Easy: Tamie Fraser in Canberra, Lothian, Melbourne, 1986.

Kelly, Paul, 'Malcolm Fraser', in Michelle Grattan (ed.), Australian Prime Ministers, New Holland, Sydney, 2000.

Nethercote, John (ed.), Liberalism and the Australian Federation, Federation Press, Sydney, 2001.

Piggott, Michael and Maggie Shapley, Prime Ministers at The Australian National University: an archival guide, ANU eView, Canberra, 2011.

Renouf, Alan, Malcolm Fraser and Australian Foreign Policy, Australian Professional Publications, Sydney, 1986.

Schneider, Russell, War Without Blood: Malcolm Fraser in power, Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1980.

Viviani, Nancy, The Indochinese in Australia, 1975–1995: from burnt boats to barbecues, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 1996.

Weller, Patrick, Malcolm Fraser PM: a study in prime ministerial power, Penguin, Melbourne, 1989.

Whitwell, Greg, The Treasury Line, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1986.

Books and articles on Tamie Fraser

Australian Women's Weekly, 29 March 1978.

Daily Mirror, 10 November 1982.

Hindhaugh, Christina, It Wasn't Meant to Be Easy: Tamie Fraser in Canberra, Lothian, Melbourne, 1986.

Langmore, Diane, Prime Ministers' Wives: the public and private lives of ten Australian women, McPhee Gribble, Melbourne, 1992.

Simpson, Caroline, 'The Lodge', Art in Australia, 1988.

Sunday Telegraph, 27 July 1980.

The Australiana Collection, Fine Arts Press, Sydney, 1990.

Online resources

National Archives of Australia, Australia's Prime Ministers ( – this website provides biographical information about Malcolm Fraser before, during and after his term as Prime Minister. It also provides a biography of Tamie Fraser, details of the elections in which Fraser stood for parliament and a link to significant people in his life.

University of Melbourne Archives, The Malcolm Fraser Collection ( – this website is a good source of information about Malcolm Fraser. It includes an interactive timeline, links to major legislation enacted by the Fraser government, copies and links to recent speeches and articles, and up-to-date news and events.

National Archives of Australia fact sheets – available online at and in hardcopy from National Archives reading rooms.

Politics and government

83 Prime Minister – Harold Edward Holt
84 Prime Minister – John McEwen
85 Prime Minister – John Grey Gorton
215 Prime Minister – William McMahon
216 Prime Minister – Edward Gough Whitlam
239 The Loans Affair, 1974–75
240 The Dismissal, 1975
241 John Robert Kerr, Governor-General of Australia, 1974–77
242 Prime Minister – John Malcolm Fraser
246 Cabinet records of the Fraser government
267 Prime Minister – Robert James Lee Hawke

Defence/international relations

238 The 'Balibo affair', East Timor, October 1975
243 The fall of Saigon, 1975
247 Australia's diplomatic relations with China
255 Australia and the issue of apartheid in sport
258 Torres Strait Treaty, 1978
261 Independence of Papua New Guinea, 1975
263 Independence of Zimbabwe

Security issues

262 Royal Commission on Intelligence and Security

Domestic matters

251 Australia's national anthem
252 Tobacco advertising ban in Australia