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The Right Honourable
Sir Robert Menzies
12th Prime Minister of Australia
Elections: 1940, 1946, 1949, 1951, 1954, 1955, 1958, 1961, 1963
In office
26 April 1939 â€“ 29 August 1941
Monarch George VI
Governor-General Lord Gowrie
Deputy Earle Page
Archie Cameron
Arthur Fadden
Preceded by Earle Page
Succeeded by Arthur Fadden
In office
19 December 1949 â€“ 26 January 1966
Monarch George VI
Elizabeth II
Governor-General Sir William McKell
Sir William Slim
Viscount Dunrossil
Viscount De L’Isle
Lord Casey
Deputy Arthur Fadden
John McEwen
Preceded by Ben Chifley
Succeeded by Harold Holt
Leader of the Liberal Party
In office
31 August 1945 â€“ 26 January 1966
Deputy Eric Harrison
Harold Holt
Preceded by Position Established
Succeeded by Harold Holt
Leader of the United Australia Party
In office
26 April 1939 â€“ 29 August 1941
Preceded by Joseph Lyons
Succeeded by Billy Hughes
In office
23 September 1943 â€“ 31 August 1945
Deputy Eric Harrison
Preceded by Billy Hughes
Succeeded by Position Abolished
Leader of the Opposition
In office
23 September 1943 â€“ 19 December 1949
Prime Minister John Curtin
Frank Forde
Ben Chifley
Deputy Arthur Fadden
Preceded by Arthur Fadden
Succeeded by Ben Chifley
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Kooyong
In office
15 September 1934 â€“ 16 February 1966
Preceded by John Latham
Succeeded by Andrew Peacock
Deputy Premier of Victoria
In office
19 May 1932 â€“ 24 July 1934
Premier Sir Stanley Argyle
Preceded by Albert Dunstan
Succeeded by Wilfrid Kent Hughes
Attorney-General of Victoria
In office
19 May 1932 â€“ 24 July 1934
Premier Sir Stanley Argyle
Preceded by Ian Macfarlan
Succeeded by Albert Bussau
Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
for Nunawading
In office
30 November 1929 â€“ 31 August 1934
Preceded by Edmund Greenwood
Succeeded by William Boyland
Member of the Victorian Legislative Council for East Yarra Province
In office
2 June 1928 â€“ 11 November 1929
Preceded by George Swinburne
Succeeded by Clifden Eager
Personal details
Born Robert Gordon Menzies
(1894-12-20)20 December 1894
Jeparit, Colony of Victoria, Australia
Died 15 May 1978(1978-05-15) (aged 83)
Malvern, Victoria, Australia
Political party Nationalist Party of Australia (1928–1931)
United Australia Party (1931–1945)
Liberal Party of Australia (1945–1966)
Spouse(s) Dame Pattie Menzies (née Leckie)
Children 3
Parents James Menzies
Education Wesley College, Melbourne
University of Melbourne
Profession Lawyer
Religion Presbyterianism[1]

It is a simple but sometimes forgotten truth that the greatest enemy to present joy and high hopes is the cultivation of retrospective bitterness.
Robert Menzies
The long-established and noble rule of Law, one of the greatest products of the character and tradition of British history, has suffered a deadly blow. Blackmail has become respectable.
Robert Menzies
A man may be a tough, concentrated, successful money-maker and never contribute to his country anything more than a horrible example.
Robert Menzies
Considering the company I keep in this place, that is hardly surprising.
Never forget posterity when devising a policy. Never think of posterity when making a speech.
Robert Menzies
I am one of the few men honest enough to say they do not understand women.