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Memento : Issue 24
include a framed original Punch cartoon by Bernard Partridge commenting on the 1923 Imperial Conference; a tea set presented at Stoke-on-Trent; freedom of the city caskets and citations from Edinburgh, London, Manchester, Kidderminster and Exeter; and gold cigarette cases from the Duke and Duchess of York and the President of Turkey, Kemal Ataturk. After a long and varied career, Bruce died in London in 1967. According to his wishes, Bruce's body was cremated and returned to Australia. Typical perhaps of this unusual man, Bruce did not wish his ashes to be returned to his birthplace, Melbourne, but to the place where he had lived as Prime Minister. On 20 March 1968, Bruce's ashes were scattered over Canberra from an aircraft of No. 34 Squadron RAAF. A story is told that when the aircraft flew overhead, patrons in the beer garden at Canberra's Ainslie Hotel (now Olims) held their hands over their glasses to prevent any ashes falling into their drinks. Further insights into Bruce and his wife Ethel can be found in our recently published research guide, Stanley Melbourne Bruce. It is the third of four published guides to records on Australia's prime ministers and their wives. Others are on the first six prime ministers and their wives; Joseph and Enid Lyons; and Harold and Zara Holt. The guides cost $19.95 each and can be purchased online through our website, or by phoning (02) 6212 3609, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or visiting one of our offices. You can also view them online on our website under 'Publications -- Prime Ministers Guides'. For further fascinating facts about our prime ministers, visit our website primeministers.naa.gov.au. September 2003 MEMENTO 3 Above: Stanley Melbourne Bruce, 1923--29. NAA: A1200, L11183 Below: Ethel Bruce photographed for the British Daily Graphic, London, 1923. 19th Jan 1927 My dear PM, I have just woken up to the fact that I am subjecting you to an increasing bombardment of material in the form of personal letters. You said once before that you liked this form of attack -- but I am wondering if I am overdoing it. I should like to put everything into "Dear Sir" letters -- as they would then go on the file, whereas I imagine the "Dear PM" letters don't in practice go much past your own office -- But there are in fact so many things that I want to bring to your notice and which I think would be out of place on official files -- that I am tempted -- and have fallen -- to put them in a personal form ... With best wishes -- I am yours sincerely R G Casey NAA: A1420, 4 Left: Stanley Melbourne Bruce and Ethel Bruce at the Prime Minister's Lodge, Canberra, 1928. NAA: A1200, L83837 agentleman