Malcolm Fraser's Childhood

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Early childhood documents of public figures are rarely found, so this set of records in the Fraser collection are a unique and valuable contribution to our knowledge of the lives of Australia’s Prime Ministers. The papers include correspondence written by Malcolm to his parents whilst at the Tudor House boarding school, from the ages of 10 to 13, school reports, a poem by Fraser as a young boy, and family reminiscences from his mother, Una Fraser. The black and white and colour home movies date from just before Malcolm Fraser’s birth in 1930 through to the 1940s. The films are made available with the support of the National Film and Sound Archive, where the originals are stored, and the Fraser family.

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    [Fraser, Malcolm: Reel No. 34 : Home Movie]
    Fraser, John N. ; Fraser, Una ; Fraser, John M. (1932)
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    Balpool June 1932. SS. Film No.1. Malcolm and Lorrie Fraser in garden, playing in trees; No.2; No.3; June 26th 1932; walking in paddock; playing with hoops; children picking fruit in garden; Old man smoking cigarette; with wheelbarrows collecting soil; family scenes, playing with train set outdoors in the garden; January 1933- at the seaside building sandcastles on the beach. Playing by the sea; family group on the beach
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    [Fraser, Malcolm: Reel No. 35 : Home Movie]
    Fraser, John N. ; Fraser, Una ; Fraser, John M. (1934)
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    May 21st 1934- Malcolm's 4th Birthday; Malcolm Fraser with other children and family members in garden; woman brushing Fraser's hair; Malcolm in garden with Lorrie on a see-saw; in garden and playing at table outdoors- making fancy dress costumes; playing with bow and arrows) in garden (assisted by adults); Malcolm Fraser cycling on tricycle; Man and children (including Malcolm) playing with dog; Malcolm and sister sitting in garden looking towards camera; Malcolm and Lorrie riding on tricycle and trailer (Malcolm sits in back trailer); Fraser stood in paddock, in background horses are seen ploughing field; Men and horses ploughing field; Malcolm and Lorrie posing near car ready for a day outing; Motor car driving on country road; at the zoo, riding on a fairground carousel, riding on an elephant and a steam train
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    [Fraser, Malcolm: Reel No. 36 : Home Movie]
    Fraser, John N. ; Fraser, Una ; Fraser, John M. (1935)
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    Irrigation Channel and Sawmill Balpool, Xmas, 1935'. Men and horses ploughing land for irrigation, Malcolm Fraser and family watching from hillside. Men in trucks loaded with tree trunks/logs at Sawmill (Malcolm seen in frame). Men moving large logs. Malcolm and other boy (and man) sat on log looking on. Machinery at Sawmill cutting logs. Melbourne Zoological Gardens. March 1936; Malcolm with family members posing with Koala; Koala walking on branch and climbing up tree. Malcolm and family patting a kangaroo; Close up of baby kangaroo being held; man placing baby back in kangaroo's pouch; Close ups of Malcolm posing for camera; Malcolm playing on swing in garden; Malcolm with other children riding on a miniature steam railway train; Malcolm and other children feeding animals (animals behind cages); lions, tigers and bears in cages. 'Balpool 1936, Loraine & Malcolm'- Malcolm and Loraine sat around campfire cooking food (close to tent); family members (with Malcolm and Loraine) having a picnic in the countryside; Malcolm and Loraine cleaning/painting upturned wheelbarrow
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    [Fraser, Malcolm: Reel No. 37 : Home Movie]
    Fraser, John N. ; Fraser, Una ; Fraser, John M. (1936)
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    Portsea Xmas 1936 Malcolm, Lorraine and other family members in grounds of property; Malcolm and Lorraine Fraser by the seaside at Portsea posing for camera; Malcolm and Lorraine swimming in sea; family members by the sea and on jetty; family members taking a boat trip; Malcolm and others fishing on boat; General scenes of people on the beach and jetty / pier; Malcolm paddling in sea; Malcolm, Lorraine and others surfing on the waves; Malcolm and family members having a picnic close to the beach. 'Kilrenny April 1937' written on slate; Malcolm and sister playing with ball in garden. Loraine and other young girl wearing costumes walking up and down path (with dog). Malcolm (dressed in a suit) and Lorraine playing with dog on garden pathway
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    [Fraser, Malcolm: Reel No. 43 : Home Movie]
    Fraser, John N. ; Fraser, Una ; Fraser, John M. (1935)
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    Malcolm Fraser and other children playing in grounds of a garden; children playing on the beach and paddling in the sea; Malcolm and Lorraine playing on tricycles, scooters and bicycles in the garden. 'Anzac March 1935'; 'July 1939 Reedy Bridge'- Fraser family members walking close to a creek; men constructing a bridge, Malcolm and Loraine sat on bridge; family members sat round a camp fire
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    [Fraser, Malcolm: Reel No. 44 : Home Movie]
    Fraser, John N. ; Fraser, Una ; Fraser, John M. (1931)
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    Mowbray January to June, 1931'; Lorraine Fraser playing with dog in garden and on tricycle; Loraine with her father [John Neville]; Members of the Fraser family walking in the grounds of their home; Lorraine playing with dog in garden and with other young girl [Pram seen in background- presumably Malcolm Fraser's]. Lorraine and friend holding baby [Malcom Fraser]. Mother? [Una] and Nanny also pose for picture. 'Malcolm's First Ceremony, June '31', family members (and member of clergy) in garden. Loraine in garden playing with dog. Posing with mother and father? 'Christmas 1930. Lorraine Aged 4, Malcolm 7 months'; Lorraine and Malcolm (and later their mother Una) pose for the camera; nanny feeding Malcolm; Lorraine and Malcolm sitting in garden; Nanny and Lorraine in the garden; Lorraine on swing as nanny holds Malcolm; Children and family members in garden. Norla, February 193? [1934-35?] Lorraine & Malcolm'. Malcolm (as a young boy) playing on the beach by the sea. Earlier footage of Lorraine and Malcolm as a toddler sat in garden.
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    [Fraser, Malcolm: Reel No. 45 : Home Movie]
    Fraser, John N. ; Fraser, Una ; Fraser, John M. (1931)
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    1931 'Floods at Balpool', 'The Highest Flood Level Record Except 1870'. Una Fraser walking by riverside (flooded) with dog. Scenes of trees amongst flooding. Una walking along riverbank with pram- Malcolm Fraser seen in Pram. Men working on land, horse and cart off-loading soil, men shovelling soil. men rolling barrels from carriage. 'July 3rd Plain and DAM Paddocks'- Scenes of the plain and paddocks; men clearing branches and soil in river (creating a dam?). 'July 4th Gale's bank'- man seen pushing wheelbarrow across plain; farmers herding sheep in flooded paddock. 'July 16th Going Down Top Paddock and House', flooded paddock. Men on small steamboat sailing downstream. Family members, including Lorraine and Una Fraser stood with others by flooded creek. Crowd of men aboard small steamboat. 'Crossing at Murgha. The Only Way Out. Fraser family aboard canoes paddling down flooded creek