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


Chapter 2: Records about Malcolm Fraser in the National Archives of Australia

Early career

Malcolm Fraser was an Oxford graduate and a grazier when he won the seat of Wannon. Aged 25, he became the youngest member of the 22nd Federal Parliament in 1955. For the next 10 years he was a backbencher in the government of Robert Menzies. He served as a member of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs from 1962 to 1966.

Records

Correspondence Files (Foreign Affairs), 1948–89
This series comprises the main correspondence file series of the Department of External Affairs (II) from 1948 to 1970, the Department of Foreign Affairs from 1970 to 1987, and the Foreign Affairs section of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade from mid-1987 to the end of 1989.
Series: A1838
Recorded by: 1948–70: Department of External Affairs (II), Central Office (CA 18); 1970–87: Department of Foreign Affairs, Central Office (CA 1382)
Travel abroad – M Fraser, 1964–66 A1838, 1516/7/114
PARLIAMENTARY JOINT COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS OFFICIAL MINUTES, 1962–72
This series consists of the official minutes of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs during the life of the 24th, 25th, 26th and 27th parliaments, from 1962 to 1972. Fraser was a member of the committee from 1962 to 1966. Access to these joint committee records requires the approval of the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. National Archives reference staff can advise on the process for obtaining approval.
Series: A13984
Quantity: 0.18 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1962–72: Parliamentary Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs (CA 716)
24th Parliament – Parliamentary Joint Committee on Foreign A13984, 1 Affairs – official minutes, 1962–63 A13984, 1
25th Parliament – Parliamentary Joint Committee on Foreign A13984, 2 Affairs – official minutes, 1964–66 A13984, 2
CORRESPONDENCE FILES (TERRITORIES), 1951–75
The files in this series originally related to the administration (general policy and staffing) of both the internal and external Australian territories, excluding the ACT. They cover the Northern Territory, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, Christmas Island, Cocos Island, Norfolk Island, Coral Sea Islands, and relations with West Irian Jaya and the Philippines. Files from 1951 to 1956 deal only with the Northern Territory. From 1956 the series covers all territories, with files relating to the Northern Territory intermingled with those relating to other subjects.
Series: A452
Quantity: 914 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1951–68: Department of Territories (I), Central Office (CA 60)
Representations by Malcolm Fraser MP re equal wage rates for Aborigines in the Northern Territory, 1965 A452, NT1965/1955
CORRESPONDENCE FILES (PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET), 1956–
This series was raised to deal with the general and policy matters handled by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Subjects vary considerably, reflecting the department's coordinating function. Political, social, cultural, economic, industrial and defence matters are all dealt with; other aspects include the administration of the Australian Government, immigration, honours, international conferences and diplomatic relations with other countries.
Series: A463
Quantity: 962 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1971–: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (CA 1401)
Australian Conservation Foundation – formation, 1963–65
Fraser was a founding member of the Australian Conservation Foundation.
A463, 1965/4760 PART 1

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Chapter 2
Records about Malcolm Fraser in the National Archives of Australia