The Malcolm Fraser Collection at the University of Melbourne comprises documents, photographs, books and other material relating to the life, family and career of the Rt Hon. Malcolm Fraser, Prime Minister of Australia from 1975 to 1983. The collection complements the official records held at the National Archives of Australia (NAA) as well as a number of other personal and political collections at the University of Melbourne.
The collection spans Mr Fraser’s life and interests, and includes material relating to:
This web site aims firstly to provide access to selected material from the collection - primarily photographs and speeches - as well as information about the collection and Mr Fraser's life and career.
The Malcolm Fraser Collection will continue to grow as further material is transferred to the University of Melbourne from the NAA, from Malcolm Fraser's personal collections, and from related sources such as those who worked for him and who have studied him. For further information, see About the collection.
It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Rt Hon Malcolm Fraser.
Mr Fraser designated the University of Melbourne Archives as the custodians of his personal papers in 2004. Since that time he had been active in ensuring that the collection continued to grow, become more accessible and used by researchers.
His collection amounts to over 120 metres of material, spanning in scope from a copy of the Australian Constitution owned by his grandfather Sir Simon Fraser, a representative to the Australasian Federal Convention in 1897-98, through to papers relating to Mr Fraser’s advocacy of the rights of asylum seekers in recent years.
The papers cover his early childhood correspondence, the relationship with the Wannon electorate, party political matters, the 1975 crisis, the campaign against apartheid in South Africa through to contemporary issues and more.
Malcolm Fraser was one of the commanding figures of Australia’s recent political history. His collection at UMA will remain as an important legacy for future generations of students and historians, just as he envisaged.
For more information about the collection, please contact the curator, Katie Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org
The University of Melbourne Archives has digitised and made available online the transcripts of Malcolm Fraser's radio talks to his electorate of Wannon. The speeches run from the time of his preselection, 1954, through to the year of his retirement from Parliament in 1983. According to the recently published memoirs, "They form a digest of Fraser's developing political philosophy and a fair catalogue of the history of Wannon."