Sir Robert Menzies' birthplace - Jeparit, Victoria
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S 36° 08.534 E 141° 59.279
54H E 588885 N 5999823
Quick Description: Sir Robert Menzies born on December 20th 1894, in a house at the rear of a shop owned by his father John Menzies, located at what is now Menzies Place in Jeparit
Location: Victoria, Australia
Date Posted: 7/22/2010 5:07:37 AM
Waymark Code: WM9AE6
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist
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Long Description:
Born into humble circumstances, Menzies obtained a first-class secondary and university education by winning a series of scholarships. He established himself as one of Australia’s leading constitutional lawyers, then entered the Victorian parliament in 1928. He won a seat in the federal parliament in 1934 and served as Attorney-General and Minister for Industry in the United Australia Party government of Joseph Lyons.

Menzies was Prime Minister when World War II began in 1939. In 1941 he lost the confidence of members of Cabinet and his party and was forced to resign. As an Opposition backbencher during the war years, he helped create the Liberal Party and became Leader of the Opposition in 1946. At the 1949 federal election, he defeated Ben Chifley’s Labor Party and once again became Australia’s Prime Minister.

Menzies retired as Prime Minister and from parliament in 1966. Knighted in 1963, he was further honoured in 1965 by being appointed Constable of Dover Castle and Warden of the Cinque Ports.

Robert Gordon Menzies died on 15 May 1978.

Information was taken from the Australian Prime Ministers website (visit link)
President Name: Sir Robert Gordon Menzies

Birth Place?: yes

Term Of Office: first time was 1939 till 1941

Date of Birth: 20/12/1894

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