Skip to content | Skip to document navigation

Research Guides


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


Chapter 4: Records about Malcolm Fraser in other collections

Victoria

Other collections within Victoria include:

State Library of Victoria

The State Library of Victoria's Australian Manuscripts Collection holds correspondence and audiovisual material relating to Fraser in the series listed below.

Records

BA SANTAMARIA PAPERS
Series: MS 13492
Series 5, correspondence Box 43/4; 66/3; 66/4; 66/5; 66/6; 67/1; 2/14
Series 3, audio tapes Box 4; Box 16
RE MCGARVIE PAPERS
Series: MS 13605
Box 2/10 and a single sound recording
ONE NATION – DIVIDED NATION?, 1998 (SOUND RECORDING)
Edited version of a public forum recorded at the State Library of Victoria, 21 July 1998 (panel members included Fraser).
Series: MS 13259

Public Record Office Victoria

The Public Record Office Victoria holds correspondence to a variety of Victorian Government agencies sent by Fraser as a private individual, a federal Member of Parliament, a federal Minister and as Prime Minister. These items are dispersed throughout the Public Record Office Victoria collection in the series created by the agencies that received them. They can be located by researchers provided they know when the item was received, it is available on open access and the relevant filing system has been transferred to the Public Record Office Victoria. In most cases researchers will need to consult a controlling series such as a register and/or index to inwards correspondence at Public Record Office Victoria reading rooms. Index headings will vary among agencies.

During Fraser's term as Prime Minister, a significant quantity of items was sent from his office to the Premier of Victoria. The files of the Premier's Department (VA 2717) for the period of Fraser's prime ministership are available for public inspection. The two main series are described below.

Records

GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE FILES, MULTIPLE NUMBER SYSTEM I
This series was created by the Premier's Department between 1972 and 1976. There is an item-specific listing on the Public Record Office Victoria website for the series, but it identifies only file numbers and does not include file titles. To determine file numbers, researchers will need to consult VPRS 7612, 7613, 7614, 9893 or 9894. Refer to the series descriptive entry for further information.
Series: VPRS 7614
Image 48: Sir Simon Fraser and John Neville Fraser holidaying in Ayr, Scotland, 1911.

Image 48: Sir Simon Fraser and John Neville Fraser holidaying in Ayr, Scotland, 1911.
UMA, John Neville Fraser Collection, 2007.0069, PA/117
Enlarge image - View image gallery

GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE FILES, MULTIPLE NUMBER SYSTEM II
This series was created between 1976 and 1994. The P1 consignment of this series contains files with the primary number 931 (refer to unit 1032 in particular) for Prime Minister and Cabinet, which includes files on a variety of policy issues. The secondary term 'Commonwealth' is also used for a number of other primary classifications. Files for this consignment are identified only from a hardcopy listing, which can be consulted in the North Melbourne Reading Room.
Series: VPRS 8197

Fraser family history

The Fraser family roots in Victoria can be explored using various series in the Public Record Office Victoria collection most frequently used by genealogists. Researchers can refer to the relevant guides on the Public Record Office Victoria website, especially those relating to wills and probates; births deaths and marriages; and immigration.

A good starting point for family research are the wills and probate files for Malcolm Fraser's paternal grandfather, Sir Simon Fraser, and father, John Neville Fraser. All wills and probate files at Public Record Office Victoria to 1925 are being progressively digitised.

WILLS
Series: VPRS 7591/P2
Probate file/will number 167/939
The will of Sir Simon Fraser, paternal grandfather of Malcolm Fraser.
VPRS 7591/P2, unit 612
PROBATE AND ADMINISTRATION FILES
Series: VPRS 28/P3
Probate file/will number 167/939
The probate file of Sir Simon Fraser, paternal grandfather of Malcolm Fraser.
VPRS 28/P3, unit 981
WILLS
Series: VPRS 7591/P3
Probate file/will number 581/896
The will of John Neville Fraser, father of Malcolm Fraser.
PROBATE AND ADMINISTRATION FILES
Series: VPRS 28/P4
Probate file/will number 581/896
The probate file of Neville Fraser, father of Malcolm Fraser.
VPRS 28/P4, unit 2575

TOP OF PAGE

Chapter 4
Records about Malcolm Fraser in other collections