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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

Prime Minister, 1975–83

Image 37: Malcolm Fraser’s Third Ministry with Governor-General Sir Zelman Cowen, Government House, Canberra, 20 December 1977.

Image 37: Malcolm Fraser’s Third Ministry with Governor-General Sir Zelman Cowen, Government House, Canberra, 20 December 1977.
UMA, 2007.0053, BWP/24574
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Malcolm Fraser was Australia's 22nd Prime Minister, from 1975 until 1983. Most records created during his prime ministership are Australian Government records and are in the custody of the National Archives. The UMA holds private, electorate and political correspondence from the period.

Records

MALCOLM FRASER COLLECTION
This series contains photograph albums of official overseas visits made by Fraser during his term as Prime Minister. Many of the albums were gifts presented to Fraser by the host nations, although some are his personal albums, reflecting his keen interest in photography.
Series: 2005.0103
Quantity: 4 metres
Visit by Prime Minister JM Fraser and Mrs Fraser to China, 1976
Includes 50 colour and black-and-white photographs in an archival album (photographer unknown).
PA/147
Official visit by Malcolm Fraser and Tamie Fraser to India, 1979
Album contains 119 colour photographs taken by Fraser and his family.
PA/158
Award of Honorary Doctorate at the University of South Carolina, 1981
Album contains 32 colour and black-and-white photographs taken by the University of South Carolina Photographic Division.
PA/172
MALCOLM FRASER COLLECTION
This series contains photograph albums documenting official domestic visits and events during Fraser's prime ministership. The photographs were taken by official government photographers or Fraser and his family.
Series: 2005.0104
Quantity: 2 metres
Visit to Australia of Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh, 1977
Album contains 82 colour photographs taken by the Australian Information Service.
PA/129
Northern Territory, 1978
Album contains 106 colour photographs documenting Fraser's visit to the Northern Territory, accompanied by his family.
PA/133
MALCOLM FRASER COLLECTION
This series consists of files of research material accumulated by Fraser's senior advisers during the period 1977 to 1980. It is a continuation of 2007.0013. The files are arranged by subject order and include topics such as the public service, the Review of Post- arrival Programs and Services to Migrants (better known as the Galbally Report), industrial relations and trade. Much of the material from this original series has been retained by the National Archives.
Series: 2007.0014
Quantity: 0.70 metres
Immigration and ethnic affairs – Jewish community, 1978–79
Contains published material concerning relations with the Jewish community.
item 39, box 4
Sir John Kerr, 10 April – 11 May 1978
Includes news cuttings, transcripts of interviews and annotations relating to Kerr's autobiography.
item 131, box 3
Liberal Party platform, 1978
Contains drafts of the Liberal Party platform; also includes Fraser's handwritten and typed comments on the drafts.
item 134, box 3
Lusaka, 1979
Includes the Report of the Australian Parliamentary Observer Group on the Zimbabwe–Rhodesia common roll elections (14–28 April 1979).
item 139, box 3
Image 38: Malcolm Fraser speaking at a Liberal Party campaign meeting, c. 1980.

Image 38: Malcolm Fraser speaking at a Liberal Party campaign meeting, c. 1980.
UMA, 2007.0028, BWP/25625
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MALCOLM FRASER COLLECTION
This series contains material that was housed in Fraser's office and covers a whole range of subjects from university notes and documents relating to the Dismissal, to CARE Australia files from the 2000s.
Series: 2010.0013
Quantity: 9 metres
Correspondence between JM Fraser and Premier of QLD Joh Bjelke-Petersen, 1980
Contains correspondence between Fraser and Bjelke-Petersen regarding David Thomson's seat and the Cairns section of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
item 1/76, box 5
Private notes regarding Andrew Peacock, March 1981
Contains correspondence and background notes on the Peacock leadership bid (1981–82); includes correspondence with Robert Creighton-Brown and his thoughts on an early election in 1982.
item 1/96, box 6
Internal memo from David Kemp and Petro Georgiou regarding outcome of a 1983 election, 1982
Contains a report prepared by Fraser's senior advisers – Petro Georgiou and David Kemp – on arguments for and against holding an election in 1983.
item 1/117, box 7
Correspondence between Sir Phillip Lynch and the Prime Minister, 6 April 1982
Contains correspondence regarding Phillip Lynch's decision to resign as Deputy Leader of the Parliamentary Party after 10 years in the position, and Fraser's reply.
item 1/123, box 8
MALCOLM FRASER COLLECTION
This series is related to 2006.0018 and mostly contains general correspondence to Fraser during his time as Leader of the Opposition. However there is some material from his time as caretaker Prime Minister.
Series: 2006.0018
Quantity: 2 metres
Correspondence 'P', 1975
Contains general correspondence, including a telegram from Kerry Packer congratulating Fraser on his election win, saying 'thank god you had the guts to stick it out'.
item 17 part 1, box 7
MALCOLM FRASER COLLECTION
This series consists of correspondence between Fraser and the Liberal Party, including the Executive, state divisions and branches. It is related to 2007.0016 and covers the period March 1975 to December 1982.
Series: 2007.0016
Quantity: 0.85 metres
Liberal Party of Australia – Victorian division, 1976–79
Includes correspondence to Fraser from individual members and branches of the Victorian Division of the Liberal Party.
items 40-42, box 4

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Records about Malcolm Fraser in the University of Melbourne Archives