2014 is the 75th anniversary of Robert Menzies becoming prime minister for the first time. The intense and politically-charged term (1939-41) defined the man who would become Australia’s longest-serving prime minister.
To mark the occasion the Museum of Australian Democracy invited former prime minister and admirer of Menzies, John Howard, to guest curate this exhibition. Howard believes that, ‘in the long sweep of history’, Menzies was Australia’s greatest prime minister. In this exhibition Howard shares his reflections on and insights into Menzies’ first term, and the experiences that shaped Australia’s longest-serving prime minister.
Menzies by John Howard is now open at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.
Open daily 9-5pm (closed Christmas Day)
$2 adults, $1 children and concessions, $5 family
18 King George Terrace, Parkes, Canberra
Slide through the timeline and touch milestones with this symbol to see more
13 September 1939
14 March 1940
10 May 1940
10 July 1940
27 August 1940
2 September 1940
7 September 1940
16 October 1940
20 November 1940
5 January 1941
24 January 1941
11 February 1941
6 April 1941
11 April 1941
21 April 1941
27 May 1941
1 September 1939
The Museum of Australian Democracy would like to acknowledge the following people for their work on this exhibition:
Curator: The Hon. John Howard OM AC
Consultant historian: Ian HancockExhibition design: BannyanWood
Photographs in this exhibition have been provided courtesy of:
Mrs Heather Henderson
The Museum of Australian Democracy sincerely thanks the Menzies family for its generous support of this exhibition.