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Bruce, Stanley Melbourne (Stanley)

Born: 1883 AD
Died: 1967 AD, at 84 years of age.

Nationality: Australian
Categories: Politician


1883 - He was born in Melbourne on the 15th of April.

1907 - He studied law in London and was called to the bar.

1917 - He was severely wounded in France, winning the Military Cross and the Croix de Guerre.

1918 - His public speaking attracted the attention of the Nationalist Party, and he was elected to the House of Representatives as MP for Flinders, near Melbourne.

1920 - He formed an effective partnership with the Country Party leader, Dr Earle Page, and exploited public fears of communism and militant trade unions to dominate Australian politics through.

1921 - His background in business led to his being appointed Treasurer (finance minister).

1922 - When the Nationalist Party lost its majority at the election, the Country Party demanded that Prime Minister Billy Hughes resign as the price of joining a coalition government, and Bruce found himself Prime Minister at the age of only 39.

1929 - On the 10th of September, Billy Hughes and five other Nationalist members joined Labor in voting against the Bill.

1931 - Bruce won his seat back and became a Minister without Portfolio in the government of Joseph Lyons.

1933 - He was dispatched to London as High Commissioner.

         - He was appointed a member of the Imperial War Cabinet and the Pacific War Cabinet.

1947 - He was created Viscount Bruce of Melbourne, of Westminster Gardens in the City of Westminster.

         - He represented Australia on various United Nations bodies and sat on the boards of many companies.

1967 - He died in London on the 25th of August.


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