Stanley Melbourne Bruce: Prime Minister & Statesman
Sportsman, soldier, prime minister, international statesman and visionary – Stanley Melbourne Bruce (1883–1967) promoted his country’s interests on the international stage for over half a century. Robert Menzies referred to Bruce as ‘probably the outstanding Australian of our time’.
A decorated war hero, Bruce served as Australia’s eighth Prime Minister from 1923 to 1929. Bruce and his beloved wife Ethel were the first prime ministerial couple to live at The Lodge. From 1933 to 1945 Bruce was High Commissioner in London, in 1947 he became a British peer, and in 1951 the first chancellor of the Australian National University.
The National Archives' Stanley Melbourne Bruce: Prime Minister & Statesman was on display in Canberra from December 2009 to May 2010. A selection of objects and documents from the exhibition are showcased here. Click on an image to view the enlargement.
Photographs showing the installation of the Stanley Melbourne Bruce exhibition can be viewed on our Flickr site.