PRIME MINISTER ROBERT MENZIES BROADCASTING THE NEWS OF THE OUTBREAK OF WORLD WAR II. Born in Jeparit, Robert Menzies 1894–1978 became Australia's longest serving Prime Minister. He earned the nickname "Pig Iron Bob" from Natimuk’s Rupert Lockwood, journalist, in January 1939, after his resistance in 1938 to a waterside workers' ban on exports of pig-iron to Japan. The war years were a low point in his political career. His ‘Forgotten People’ speech was his pitch to the Australian middle…

Robert Menzies' Forgotten People speech has become a touchstone for the Liberal Party. He made the speech on Friday 22 May, as part of a series on the Macquarie Network.

Glynwylln Homestead, north of Campbells Bridge near Stawell, now demolished. National Trust

Glynwylln Homestead, north of Campbells Bridge near Stawell, now demolished.

Horses at a sale on 'Black Heath' Station, 1932

Horses at a sale on 'Black Heath' Station, 1932

'Big Lizzie' was the largest tractor built in Australia prior to World War II with a 60 hp 8 ton, 215 rpm single cylinder Blackstone crude oil engine. The tractor unit: 34' long x 11' wide x 18' high, the prime mover weighed 45 tons and with her 2 trailers was capable of carrying 80 tons payload. On the right is probably the traction engine: "The Lieutenant"

'Big Lizzie' was the largest tractor built in Australia prior to World War II with a 60 hp 8 ton, 215 rpm single cylinder Blackstone crude oil engine. The tractor unit: 34' long x 11' wide x 18' high, the prime mover weighed 45 tons and with her 2 trailers was capable of carrying 80 tons payload. On the right is probably the traction engine: "The Lieutenant"

Soldier settler's first house, constructed of corrugated iron and hessian, Lascelles, 1922 (Oliver Telfer's?)

Soldier settler's first house, constructed of corrugated iron and hessian, Lascelles, 1922 (Oliver Telfer's?

Water carts filling a dam during the drought of Autumn 1910, near Nhill.

Water carts filling a dam during the drought of Autumn near Nhill.

Church of Christ Minister George T Black and his T model Ford, loaded to depart the Wimmera for Castlemaine 1948. He was based at Warracknabeal and would drive to Dunmunkle near Minyip, then use the bicycle to visit families in the district. The farm is Duncan and Myrtle Smith's at Dunmunkle. The shed is a stable. From Flickr

Church of Christ Minister George T Black and his T model Ford, loaded to depart the Wimmera for Castlemaine 1948. He was based at Warracknabeal and would drive to Dunmunkle near Minyip, then use the bicycle to visit families in the district. The farm is Duncan and Myrtle Smith's at Dunmunkle. The shed is a stable. From Flickr

Land clearing in the Donald district. The trees have been ringbarked and horses are, apparently, being used to pull them over, c1905.

Land clearing in the Donald district. The trees have been ringbarked and horses are, apparently, being used to pull them over,

Walmer Homestead with owner John Duncan MacInnes' family, Horsham District, circa 1900. The 2-storey stone building is the kitchen, with servant's quarters above. The family lived  in the large timber homestead of 15 rooms, separated from kitchen block. Walmer Estate had previously been owned by the Carter  family before it was acquired during closer settlement and the land divided.

Walmer Homestead with owner John Duncan MacInnes' family, Horsham District, circa 1900. The 2-storey stone building is the kitchen, with servant's quarters above. The family lived in the large timber homestead of 15 rooms, separated from kitchen block. Walmer Estate had previously been owned by the Carter family before it was acquired during closer settlement and the land divided.

A group of Indians cooking a meal. The 'Leader' newspaper office is in the background, Jeparit c1905

A group of Indians cooking a meal. The 'Leader' newspaper office is in the background, Jeparit

A man standing outside the shop of J. Pabst, Wholesale & Retail Butcher in Eaglehawk. There is a row of carcases suspended outside the shop. 1865

A man standing outside the shop of J. Pabst, Wholesale & Retail Butcher in Eaglehawk. There is a row of carcases suspended outside the shop.

A chemistry class at the Longerenong Agricultural College. There is a fume cupboard in the background. 1922-27.

A chemistry class at the Longerenong Agricultural College. There is a fume cupboard in the background.

A re-enactment at the centenary of Major Mitchell 's expedition in 1936. Horses are pulling a German wagon, near Natimuk.

A re-enactment at the centenary of Major Mitchell 's expedition in Horses are pulling a German wagon, near Natimuk.

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