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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

Photographs

The National Archives holds photographs of Malcolm Fraser relating to his entire parliamentary career – as a backbencher, Minister, Opposition member and Prime Minister – as well as after his time in office. Many were taken by government photographers at formal occasions of state, events and launches, and VIP visits including royalty.

The Department of Information was created in 1947 to promote the Australian lifestyle and events overseas, particularly to intending post-war migrants. In 1950 the agency was renamed the Australian News and Information Bureau, the title under which it was known until 1973 when it became the Australian Information Service. In 1986 it was renamed Promotion Australia and in 1987 it became the Australian Overseas Information Service. In 1994 the Australian Overseas Information Service was renamed the International Public Affairs Branch, a branch of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Government photographers travelled to all parts of the country to take photographs of everyday Australian life. They include subjects such as people, places, events, festivals, fauna, flora, health, agriculture and industry. The majority of these photographs are now held in the National Archives' repository in Canberra.

Records

PHOTOGRAPHIC NEGATIVES AND PRINTS, SINGLE NUMBER SERIES WITH 'L' (LIBRARY) PREFIX, 1945–71
This series comprises photographic negatives and prints taken by the government photographers in the Australian News and Information Bureau. They were taken to capture Australian society and to promote Australia overseas. The diverse subjects covered include the Australian Government's post-war initiatives (such as the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme) and developments in industry including engineering, mining, manufacturing, farming, forestry, agriculture, fisheries and food production. Other subjects include Australian flora, fauna, a wide range of indigenous aspects (both Papua New Guinean and Aboriginal), cities and towns, sporting events and recreational activities. Official content includes Parliament in session, diplomatic visits of foreign dignitaries and officials, the Queen's visit to Australia, and the Prime Minister, Governor-General and other ministers attending various events.
Series: A1200
Quantity: 100 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1945–50: Department of Information, Central Office (CA 34); 1950–71: Australian News and Information Bureau, Canberra (CA 219)
John Malcolm Fraser – Liberal Party – Member of the House of Representatives, 1956 A1200, L21656
Mr Malcolm Fraser MP, 1964 A1200, L46917
Image 31: Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser and the first Chief Minister of the Northern Territory Paul Everingham sign documents giving self-government to the Northern Territory, 1978.

Image 31: Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser and the first Chief Minister of the Northern Territory Paul Everingham sign documents giving self-government to the Northern Territory, 1978.
NAA: A6180, 29/6/78/41
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PHOTOGRAPHIC COLOUR TRANSPARENCIES POSITIVES, DAILY SINGLE NUMBER SERIES WITH 'K' (COLOUR TRANSPARENCIES) PREFIX, 1971
The transparencies in this series, taken by government photographers in the Australian News and Information Bureau (and its successors), cover a wide range of subjects and assignments on the political, economic and social life of Australia. Among the many images are agricultural shows, geographical sites, educational institutions and migrant activities.
Series: A6135
Quantity: 34 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1971–73: Australian News and Information Bureau, Canberra – Pictorial Library Section (CA 219); 1973–87: Australian Information Service, Canberra (CA 1578); 1987–94: Australian Overseas Information Service (CA 6785); 1994–: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Central Office (CA 5987)
Malcolm Fraser, CARE Australia, 1993 A6135, K25/5/93/109
PHOTOGRAPHIC NEGATIVES AND PRINTS, DAILY SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 1971
These negatives and prints cover a wide range of subjects and assignments on the political, economic and social life of Australia. Among them are images of agricultural shows, geographical sites, educational institutions and migrant activities.
Series: A6180
Quantity: 44 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1973–87: Australian Information Service (CA 1578); 1987–94: Australian Overseas Information Service (CA 6785); 1994–: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Central Office (CA 5987)
Malcolm Fraser, Prime Minister – official portrait, 1976 A6180, 29/4/76/11
Malcolm Fraser, Prime Minister – official portrait, 1978 A6180, 6/1/78/2
Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser with senators and members in his office, 1979 A6180, 1/3/79/20
Malcolm Fraser at the launch of the Liberal Party's election campaign, 1975 A6180, 1/12/75/13
The Fourth Fraser Ministry, 1980 A6180, 3/11/80/9
Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser and Paul Everingham sign documents giving self-government to the Northern Territory, 1978 A6180, 29/6/78/42
Galarrwuy Yunupingu with Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser at Jabiru, 1978 A6180, 4/5/78/62
Image 32: Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser views an electric car designed by the Italian firm Zagato, Motor Show, Sydney, 1978.

Image 32: Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser views an electric car designed by the Italian firm Zagato, Motor Show, Sydney, 1978.
NAA: A6180, 21/3/78/6
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COLOUR NEGATIVES, TWO NUMBER SERIES WITH 'KCM' (COLOUR, COMMONWEALTH HEADS OF GOVERNMENT MEETING, MELBOURNE) PREFIX, 1981
These colour negatives are a photographic record of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Melbourne in 1981. Also included are images of meetings and activities of delegates and their spouses during the meeting and receptions for the Queen. The series also includes some negatives taken in Canberra.
Series: A7735
Quantity: 0.18 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1981–: Australian Information Service, Canberra (CA 1578)
Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting conference, Melbourne, 1981 A7735, KCM3/88
Secretary General with the Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser and staff, Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, Melbourne, 1981 A7735, KCM5/4
CONTACT PRINT ALBUMS FOR VIP VISITS AND OTHER IMPORTANT OCCASIONS, SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 1954–
This series comprises contact print albums of photographs. The albums form an easily accessible visual record of visits to Australia by foreign officials and heads of government, as well as important events in Australia. Substantial numbers of photographs were taken and a quick means of viewing them was needed, which is why the album format was adopted.
Series: A8281
Quantity: 35 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1973–87: Australian Information Service, Canberra (CA 1578)
Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser – visit to Torres Strait Islands, 1976 A8281, 25/11/76/51
Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser – visit to Torres Strait Islands, 1976 A8281, 25/11/76/75
PHOTOGRAPHIC COLOUR NEGATIVES, CHRONOLOGICAL SERIES WITH 'KN' OR 'RKN' PREFIX AND A SINGLE NUMBER SUFFIX, 1971
This series comprises a collection of colour negatives that vary in size. Some are 35mm, 6cm x 6cm or 5' x 4'; there are others which are odd sizes.
Series: A8746
Quantity: 28 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1973–87: Australian Information Service, Canberra (CA 1578)
Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser with his wife Tamie at Robert Menzies' funeral, Melbourne, 1978 A8746, KN24/5/78/8
Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser at The Lodge, 1978 A8746, KN30/3/78/8
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh at Government House, Canberra, 1982 A8746, KN14/10/82/682
Image 33: The Queen and Prince Philip with Malcolm and Tamie Fraser at The Lodge, Canberra, 1977.

Image 33: The Queen and Prince Philip with Malcolm and Tamie Fraser at The Lodge, Canberra, 1977.
NAA: A6180, 16/3/77/21
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IMMIGRATION PHOTOGRAPHIC ARCHIVE, 1946–
This series of more than 26,000 photographs taken by photographers employed by the Department of Immigration record the arrival and resettlement of thousands of post-World War II migrants and their integration into the Australian community. The series also contains photographs of Immigration Department activities and officials.
Series: A12111
Quantity: 32 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1946–74: Department of Immigration, Central Office (CA 51); 1974–75: Department of Labor and Immigration (CA 1769); 1975–87: Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs (I), Central Office (CA 1955)
Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser at Immigration Conference, 1981 A12111, 2/1981/30A/1
PHOTOGRAPHS MAINLY RELATING TO MALCOLM FRASER'S POLITICAL CAREER, 1966–82
This collection of about 500 photographs relates mainly to the ministerial and, particularly, the prime ministerial period of Fraser's career. Few photographs date earlier than 1966 or relate to Fraser's Opposition period, and there are none for the final three months of the Fraser government prior to its defeat in March 1983.
Series: M1382
Quantity: 2 metres
Recorded by: 1966–68: Department of the Army, Central Office – Minister's Office (CA 36); 1966–82: The Rt Hon John Malcolm Fraser AC, CH (CP 51)
Minister for the Army, Malcolm Fraser, inspects a gift to the diggers, an outboard speedboat, at the Australian Rest and Convalescent Centre, Vung Tau, Vietnam, 1966
Pictured with Fraser are Private Vin Coy of South Melbourne and Colonel Jim Lawrence of Newton, New South Wales.
M1382, 1
Folding bayonets on a captured Chinese manufactured rifle are explained to the Minister for the Army, Malcolm Fraser, 1966
With the Secretary of the Department of the Army, Bruce White and Captain Mike Heenan (Australian Task Force weapons and interrogation expert in Vietnam).
M1382, 4
First ride in a helicopter for the Minister for the Army, Malcolm Fraser, 1966
Preparing for a flight from Amberley Air Force Base to Eagle Farm Airport, Brisbane.
M1382, 13

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