Photo of Robert Menzies

Robert Menzies: Powerhouse Museum

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Magazine, Oz, Xmas/New Year 1963/64, paper, Richard Neville and Richard Walsh (eds), Australia, 1964 – the cover features a cartoon image of Queen Elizabeth II dressed as Cleopatra in a recumbant pose, attended by Prince Philip and Robert Menzies as Mark Anthony and Julius Caeser. Contains text and illustrations of a satirical nature, addressing political and social issues of the time, including the distinctive illustrations of Martin Sharp.

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Magazine, Oz, May 1965, paper, Richard Neville and Richard Walsh (eds), Australia, 1965 – the cover of the booklet shows a caricature of US President Lyndon B Johnson as a large eagle dropping bombs. Behind him is a smaller cartoon representation of Menzies as a bird.

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Magazine, Oz, June/July 1965, paper, Richard Neville and Richard Walsh (eds), Australia, 1965 – the cover features an illustration of Menzies with fellow politicians, Holt and Barwick, who are shown to be saying ‘Give us your Vietnam line again, Bob’. The caption printed beneath reads: ‘The Big Joke’. Printed in the top left hand corner is the comment: ‘Not registered for transmission at the GPO (the Bureaucratic Alfs have been ‘‘pondering our application’’ for 18 months now)’. Contains text and illustrations of a satirical nature, addressing political and social issues of the time, such as Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War.

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Magazine, Oz, August 1965, paper, Richard Neville and Richard Walsh (eds), Australia, 1965 – the cover is bronze in colour and features an illustration of Menzies as Jesus Christ, with a halo around his head and puncture wounds on his palms. The caption printed beneath reads: ‘Our Saviour’. Contains text and illustrations of a satirical nature, addressing political and social issues of the time, in particular Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War and the possibility of ‘World War III’.

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Magazine, Oz, January 1966, paper, Richard Neville and Richard Walsh (eds), Australia, 1966 – the cover features a cartoon illustration of a large laughing mouth, much like that of the Luna Park face, with the caption: ‘The nation mourns the passing of the Prime Minister’, in reference to the retirement of Menzies.

2001/93/1-12/4
Oral history interview transcript, Awdry Julius, Julius, Poole and Gibson Pty Ltd, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1986 – includes anecdotes concerning the barrister and politician Robert (later Sir Robert) Menzies, who appeared as Chief Council for Launceston Council.

2005/105/1-4
Photographic print, black and white, Robert Menzies, paper, maker unknown, Australia, c.1940 – photograph in portrait format of Menzies. The photograph is mounted in an off-white cardboard folder and autographed by Menzies in black ink.

2006/23/1-1
Watercolour portrait (1 of 25), of ‘Right Hon. Robert Gordon Menzies, Prime Minister of Australia, April 1939– ’, cardboard, drawn by PW Shaw, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1940.

2007/56/35
Poster, ‘Pig Iron Bob / Dead at last’, screenprint on paper, Chips Mackinolty, Australia, 1978 – poster features black and white photographic screenprint of Menzies on a background of text relating to his political career. The full main text wording printed in black, red and white reads ‘Obscene imperialist rites for militarist, witch hunter / Pig Iron Bob / dead at last / Only the ruling class / mourns its dead hero’.

 

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