Sir Robert Menzies

Posted in 1916

  • President of the Students' Representative Council - Robert Menzies middle, front rowElected Editor of the Melbourne University Magazine and President of the Students' Representative Council.
  • Photograph of Students' Representative Council, 1916.
  • Back row I B Fabrikant, L E B Stretton, P Kelynack, A H Edgar.
  • Seated K A McCarthy, Miss Norah Crawford, R G Menzies, Miss E M Kelly, L W Craig.
  • Absent H C Disher, J L Doubleday.
  • Robert Menzies graduates in Law from the University of MelbourneGraduates from the University of Melbourne with First Class Final Honours in Law. He also wins the Dwight Prize in Constitutional History, the Sir John Madden Exhibition, the Jesse Leggatt Scholarship, the Bowen Essay Prize and the Supreme Court Judges' Prize.

Australian Events

Posted in 1916

  • Troops embarking for Egypt, November An estimated 23,000 Australian troops die on the Somme in seven weeks of heavy fighting.
  • The nation-wide referendum to conscript men for overseas service is defeated by a narrow margin. Men already called up would be released.
  • Labor Party split: Pro-conscriptionist Prime Minister Billy Hughes (see Australian Prime Ministers) decides to abandon the anti-conscriptionists in the Labor Party and try to govern with opposition support. He tells the house: "Enough of this. Let those who think with me follow me." He walks from the chamber followed by 23 of the 65 members of his party. Hughes resigns, but upon being re-commissioned by the Governor-General, forms a new Ministry from among his followers. When parliament resumes in 1917, it is governed by a coalition of National, Labor and Liberal.
  • Hotels close at 6 o'clock starting the "six o'clock swill".

World Events

Posted in 1916

  • Battle of the Somme: British soldiers crossing a rough bridge'Easter Uprising' fails in Ireland.
  • Battle of the Somme in France: there are more than 1 million casualties.
  • 24 US States vote to prohibit the sale of alcohol.



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