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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

Family papers

The UMA holds papers relating to Malcolm Fraser's family. In particular, the collections of John Neville and Una Fraser (Malcolm's parents) are a rich source of family history. John Neville Fraser was born in Toorak in 1890 to Sir Simon Fraser and his second wife, Anna Bertha Fraser (nee Collins). He was educated at Melbourne Grammar School, the University of Melbourne and Magdalen College, Oxford University. He was a member of King Edward's Horse Brigade and then the Royal Field Artillery in World War I, serving at the Somme, Ypres and Messines Ridge.

Neville and Una met in 1923 and married in 1926. They had two children, Lorraine (born 1927) and John Malcolm (born 1930). Una Arnold Fraser (nee Woolf) was born to Louis and Amy Woolf in 1902 in Albany, Western Australia, the younger of two daughters. She was active in the Alexandra Club and a benefactor of the National Gallery of Victoria, reflecting her keenness for collecting art.


This collection contains numerous papers relating to Neville Fraser's military career and personal life. It includes diaries written from just before and during World War I, and photograph albums showing his time at Magdalen College and numerous exploits, including early car travel. There is a small amount of correspondence.
Series: 2007.0069
Quantity: 2 metres
Diary, 1 January 1916 – 7 January 1917
Contains a diary written during military service; includes an account of experiences at the Somme in July 1916.
item 1/6, box 1
Letter from Bertram Stevens, 22 July 1937
Contains correspondence from Bertram Stevens, Premier of New South Wales, with accompanying coronation medal and certificate.
item 2/5, box 1
Photographs of New South Wales, England and Europe, 1911–13
Includes approximately 300 black-and-white photographs taken by John Neville Fraser and others.
Photographs of car trip from Oodnadatta to Katherine, July – August 1924
Includes 200 black-and-white photographs of a car trip undertaken by Neville Fraser, Lord and Lady Stradbroke (Lord Stradbroke was Governor of Victoria), Vilhjalmur Stefansson, TGB Osborn and others.
This series contains newspaper cuttings of Malcolm Fraser's political career, and material relating to Una Fraser's personal life. This includes photographs of the Woolf and Fraser families, and correspondence with figures in the art world, including Professor Joseph Burke and Sir Daryl Lindsay.
Series: 2007.0053
Quantity: 0.57 metres
Una Fraser's investigations into the Booth family tree, 1962–81
Includes family history from Una Fraser's maternal family line.
item 1/5, box 1
Una Fraser's friends, 1930–71
Contains correspondence addressed to Una Fraser from figures such as Joseph Burke (Herald Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Melbourne), and one self-illustrated note card from Sir Daryl Lindsay.
item 1/8, box 1
This series contains family and personal material transferred from Fraser's office to the UMA.
Series: 2005.0035
Quantity: 2 metres
Genealogical record of the Fraser family, presented by the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints, no date
Contains a bound volume of notes and copies of original papers relating to the Fraser family history, including a family tree.
box 1


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