“The years spanned by Menzies’ lifetime had taken civilization from horseless carriages to freeways; from the Wright brothers to a jet that could cross the world in a day; instant telecommunication, bringing an isolated Australia into the ‘global village’; wars that drew the nations together; the nuclear bomb; and a growing maturity as travel, education and culture became accessible to everyone; Menzies lived through the changes and seemed to enjoy the journey.”
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The Rt Hon Sir Robert Gordon MENZIES, KT, AK, CH, FRS, QC was born in Jeparit, Victoria. Australia’s longest serving prime minister, he was a barrister before being elected to the Victorian parliament in 1928.
Entering federal parliament in 1934 as a member of the United Australia Party, he became Prime Minister in 1939 but resigned in 1941 because of dissatisfaction with his leadership.
In 1945 he formed a new Liberal Party which he led to victory in 1949, remaining Prime Minister until retirement in 1966.