Sir Robert Menzies

Posted in 1899

  • Robert starts schoolAt the age of four and a half, commences school at Jeparit.
  • "They [the Menzies children] began their education at the first Jeparit school - Victoria number 2988 - in a small timber room that had in 1894 been shifted bodily to the township from a hamlet, Woolshed, near Dimboola."
    AW Martin, Robert Menzies: A Life. Vol 1 1894-1943, 1993 p 11
  • At right is a newspaper clipping from The Melbourne Age reporting a visit back to Jeparit by Mr Menzies in 1951 to dedicate the Jeparit cenotaph in commemoration of the 2nd World War. On that trip he also revisited the Jeparit school. The text reads:

Bob Menzies revisits the Jeparit school, The Melbourne Age, 11 Nov 1951"He knows the answer
Down at his desk, up goes his hand, the Prime Minister, Mr Menzies, has the answer. He is seated at his old desk at the Jeparit school, and beside him stands the son of his old teacher - the one who taught him the alphabet. The teacher was Mr John Livingstone. With Mr Menzies is Mr Tom Livingstone."