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


Chapter 3: Records about Malcolm Fraser in the University of Melbourne Archives

Early career

After graduating with a degree in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford University, Malcolm Fraser stood for and won pre-selection as a Liberal candidate for his local seat of Wannon in Victoria on 11 November 1953. He narrowly lost the May 1954 election to the incumbent, Donald McLeod of the Australian Labor Party, but won the December 1955 election by a large margin. In his 11 years as a backbencher, Fraser was outspoken on many fronts, in particular rural issues and the dispute with the Victorian Government over Portland wool sales.

Records

MALCOLM FRASER COLLECTION
This series consists primarily of notes from Fraser's time as a student at Oxford University. It also contains drafts of his first pre-selection speech to the Wannon Electorate Convention of the Liberal and Country Party Branch at the Hamilton Temperance Hall.
Series: 2005.0082
Quantity: 0.18 metres
Notes for pre-selection speech, 1953
Comprises various drafts of Fraser's pre-selection speech of 11 November 1953, including a typed version with annotations and a final handwritten version. The first draft also contains comments by John Medley, former Vice-chancellor of the University of Melbourne.
item 1, box 1
LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA (VICTORIAN DIVISION) COLLECTION
This series contains Liberal Party Federal Council and State Executive files, as well as election and electorate files, and Rural Committee papers from 1939 to 1970.
Series: 1972.0032
Quantity: 19 metres
Wannon election file, federal electorates, 1954
Includes original numbers sheet from the 1953 Wannon pre-selection showing votes in the first and second round for Fraser, M Cormack and GH Robinson; also includes the Returning Officer's notice of pre- selection for Fraser, and correspondence relating to the pre-selection and subsequent election campaign.
item 6/2/4/3, box 147
Federal representatives electoral campaign papers, Wannon, 1949–58
Includes news cuttings, election material, Fraser's letters to electors, and correspondence and reports relating to election campaigns.
item 6/2/27, box 134
MALCOLM FRASER COLLECTION
This series consists of subject files maintained by Fraser from 1954 to 1972. The files cover a broad range of topics and vary in format from news cuttings and reports to speech notes and correspondence.
Series: 2007.0023
Quantity: 4 metres
Radio talks, 1954
Includes the first radio speech campaign conducted by Fraser during the 1954 federal election campaign, broadcast over radio station 3HA and titled Our Australia; includes speeches called 'Beef from the north', 'This matter of wages', 'Where is the woman's place?' and 'A vision of Australia'.
item 231, box 13
Portland wool sales, 1959–61
Includes initial correspondence to and from Fraser regarding the state government's sale of the wool-appraisement centre at Portland and the escalation of the issue. There are numerous files of correspondence and background notes regarding this issue in the series.
item 183, box 10
Australian Conservation Foundation, 1964–67
Includes the first progress report of the Australian Conservation Foundation for Members of Council, correspondence regarding Fraser's representations to give the Foundation a tax-deductible status, final draft of the constitution and Fraser's membership card (1966–67).
item 19, box 1
Defence – national service debate, 1964–65
Includes speech, background notes and press statements on the national service debate, including Fraser's second reading speech.
item 63, box 4
Image 35: Malcolm and Tamie Fraser with Robert Menzies, Portland, Victoria, c1958.

Image 35: Malcolm and Tamie Fraser with Robert Menzies, Portland, Victoria, c1958.
UMA, 2007.0053, BWP/24520
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MALCOLM FRASER COLLECTION
This series contains speeches, reports and press statements made by Fraser in his early years as Member for Wannon.
Series: 2007.0024
Quantity: 0.08 metres
Reports and papers, 1958–65
Includes reports written by Fraser on the future of tertiary education in Australia for the Australian Universities Commission; dairying industry problems; the Portland wool sales issue; a visit to the United States, South Vietnam and Malaysia (May to July 1964); and an article titled 'Impressions of Indonesia' (8 March 1965).
item 1, box 1
Papers on South-East Asia, 1965
Contains an article written by Fraser titled 'Australian policy in South East Asia'.
item 3, box 1
MALCOLM FRASER COLLECTION
This series comprises correspondence to and from Fraser. Most was sent to and from constituents and relates to electorate issues, although the series also contains correspondence from political colleagues. The series covers one consignment of the National Archives series M1274.
Series: 2005.0073
Quantity: 4 metres
Immigration, 1957–65
Contains electorate correspondence and Fraser's replies relating to the issue of immigration.
items 66–70, boxes 8–9
MALCOLM FRASER COLLECTION
This series comprises correspondence to and from Fraser. Most was sent to and from constituents and relates to electorate issues, although the series also contains correspondence from political colleagues. The series also covers one consignment of the National Archives series M1274.
Series: 2005.0107
Quantity: 12 metres
Liberal Party branches – Wannon, 1962–66
Includes a press statement on the Liberal Party attitude to the use of national servicemen in Vietnam, sent to all Wannon branches of the Liberal Party on 2 March 1966.
item 1559, box 42
Liberal Party – Melbourne University Liberal Club, 1967–69
Includes a copy of the Victorian Liberal Leader (June 1967), a quarterly publication of the Young Liberal Movement of Victoria, containing an article titled 'Liberalism: as a Liberal MHR sees it today' by Fraser.
item 1566, box 42
MALCOLM FRASER COLLECTION
This series consists of subject files maintained by Fraser from his election in 1955 through to 1969. The files include correspondence and some speeches relating to personal and political matters.
Series: 2005.0078
Quantity: 0.88 metres
Election and referendum papers, 1966–67
Includes a Liberal Party position paper on the 1967 referendum and a press statement on Vietnam produced by Fraser.
item 15, box 2
Personal, 1962
Contains personal letters to Fraser on the death of his father, Neville Fraser; includes notes from Robert Menzies, William McMahon, and other colleagues and friends.
item 22, box 2
Personal, 1962–65
Contains a letter to Alan Renouf, Charge d'Affairs at the Australian Embassy in Washington, DC (9 March 1965), relating to rumours of US withdrawal from Vietnam and Fraser's thoughts on such an eventuality.
item 25, box 2
Trip to USA, Canada, Saigon and Malaysia, May 1964
Contains notes on the trip, partly made under a United States Government Leader Grant; includes itinerary, report, correspondence and a list of people met during the trip.
item 59, box 5
MALCOLM FRASER COLLECTION
This series consists of subject files maintained by Fraser from 1954 through to 1972. They contain briefing and background notes, as well as speech notes and correspondence on a range of subjects.
Series: 2007.0023
Quantity: 0.90 metres
Wool – speeches, press statements and other publications, 1967–70
Includes speech notes and information relating to Fraser's representations with, and on behalf of, the wool industry.
item 427, box 28
MALCOLM FRASER COLLECTION
This series consists of electorate correspondence, but also covers Fraser's interests in a wide variety of issues, including conservation, rural affairs and economic policy.
Series: 2007.0012
Quantity: 4 metres
Australian Conservation Foundation, 1966–69
Includes an article titled 'Commonwealth involvement in conservation' and correspondence with Garfield Barwick relating to the Australian Conservation Foundation; also includes first annual general meeting papers.
item 3, box 1

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Chapter 3
Records about Malcolm Fraser in the University of Melbourne Archives