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Memento : Issue 24
An impeccable dresser, the image of Bruce that lingers is of an aloof, wealthy businessman who was more at home in England than Australia. Bruce lived almost half of his life in London but remained a loyal and patriotic Australian, devoted to serving his country. A decorated war hero before he became Prime Minister, Bruce's other notable career appointments were as Australian High Commissioner in London (1933--45), President of the League of Nations Council (1936), Chairman of the Food and Agriculture Organisation Council (1946--51) and first Chancellor of the Australian National University (1951--61). His careers as Prime Minister and High Commissioner are well documented in papers held in our collection. One of the highlights is the lengthy correspondence between Bruce and RG Casey, the Australian government liaison officer in London from 1924 to 1931 and Bruce's trusted adviser who later became Lord Casey, Governor-General. Covering an astounding range of topics, the official and personal letters that passed between Bruce and Casey throughout their respective careers provide a unique insider's view of Australian and British politics, especially between the two world wars. Their private letters contain candid comments, which, as Casey noted in 1927, 'would be out of place on official files' (see inset right). We also hold a significant number of objects and decorations presented to Bruce during his official career. These Johnny O'Keefe is among the famous names whose performances on film have been saved by vital preservation work thanks to Australian government funding. See our cover story on page 4. National Archives contacts National Reference Service Tel: 1300 886 881 Fax: 1300 886 882 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org World War I service records Email: email@example.com World War II service records Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Memento is a free publication of the National Archives of Australia. It is issued three times a year in hard copy and online. To subscribe, fax, phone or email us (see details below). Subscriptions: Tel: (02) 6212 3609 Fax: (02) 6212 3914 Email: email@example.com Editorial inquiries: Tel: (02) 6212 3923 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Address: Queen Victoria Terrace Parkes ACT 2600 PO Box 7425 Canberra Business Centre ACT 2610 Internet: www.naa.gov.au/publications NAA: SP1011, item 3597 (4) September 2003 Issue 24 ISSN 1327-4155 At the age of 39, Stanley Melbourne Bruce became Australia's second youngest Prime Minister. His term lasted from 1923 to 1929, and was followed by a long and impressive career as an international statesman. An officer and 2 MEMENTO News from the National Archives The National Archives is an Australian government agency