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19-May-2014
19-May-2014

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A spire commemorates Sir Robert Menzies, the former Australian Prime Minister who was born in Jeparit. A plaque also records his death on 15 May 1978.

Robert Gordon Menzies was Australia`s longest serving prime minister, keeping the top job for seventeen years. Although a brilliant lawyer, Robert`s legal career gradually gave way to his political ambitions.

First he was elected as a member of Victoria`s state parliament. Seven years later, he entered federal politics as a senior member of the `United Australia Party`. On 26 April 1939, Menzies became Prime Minister following the death of  Joseph Lyons.

Location

Address:Charles Street & Sands Avenue, Sir Robert Menzies Park, Jeparit, 3423
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.140821
Long: 141.983921
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Government - Federal
Link:http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/adbonli…

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 18th September, 1966
Front Inscription

This spire has been erected by the people of Jeparit and district to honour Sir Robert Menzies.

This spire symbolises the rise to world recognition of a boy who was born in Jeparit and who rose by his own efforts to become Australia`s Prime Minister and statesman recognised and honoured throughout the world.

History of the Rt. Hon. Sir Robert Gordon Menzies, K.T., C.H., Q.C., F.R.S.

Born at Jeparit December 20th, 1894.
Son of James and Kate Menzies.  James Menzies was M.L.A. for Lowan from 1909 - 1919 and President of the Dimboola Shire Council 1902 - 03, 1911 - 12.

Attended Jeparit State School 1899 to 1906.
Graduated as Master of Laws Melbourne University
Elected to State Parliament 1928.
Entered Federal Parliament 1934.
Prime Minister of Australia 1939 to 1914, 1949 to 1966.

Plaque :

The Rt. Hon. Sir Robert Gordon Menzies, K.T., A.K., C.H., F.R.S., Q.C.

Born December 20, 1894

Died May 15, 1978

Spire erected September 18, 1966

 

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