Australia: 1917-1988.
Prime Ministers.


Politicians were required, by the nature of their tasks, to send telegrams about a variety of activities and issues.

Some examples are shown below.

Curtin, John.

Prime Minister 1941 - 1945.

Curtain
Telegram on form AB-GBF-39A with RO7 - P&TO Cottesloe of 4 October 1940 from Prime Minister John Curtin to his wife. The message reads:
"MANY HAPPY RETURNS OF TODAY YOUR MAGNIFICIENTLY [sic] PLAYED HALF CENTURY HAS GIVEN EXAMPLE AND COMFORT AND TO ME IS A CONSTANT URGE TO HOLD MY GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT YOUR LOVE AND COMPANIONSHIP IN LIFE STOP BLESSINGS FOR ALL THE YEARS AHEAD AND GRATITUDE FOR THOSE WE HAVE HAD YOUR LOVING HUSBAND JOHN".

Curtin
Chifley, Ben.

Prime Minister 1945 - 1949.

Chiflley 10 (44)
Use of AW-DO-10Ab (44) at Richmond 13 November 1947.

Encouragement to convert securities into a new loan to help the Government overcome the debt problem caused by Australia's involvement in World War 2.

See also AW-DO-10Ab (46);

Chifley

Robert Menzies.

Prime Minister - 1939 to 1941 and 1949 to 1966.

 

Menzies 1958
Telegram from Prime Minister Robert Menzies on form AA-DO-13B used at Chief Telegraph Office Hobart on 31 December 1958 (Diameter of date stamp: 30 mm; SDL - earliest use of this format).

 

Menzies por
Whitlam, Gough.

Prime Minister 1972 - 1975.

 

AA-DO-13D Whitlam
Use of AA-DO-13D at St Agnes,South Australia on 17 January 1973.

Whitlam's first election to Office - after the "Its Time" campaign - was on 2 December 1972.
See also AA-DO-12Ca.

Whitlam
Gough Whitlam when elected Prime Minister for his first term in 1972 - about the time of sending the telegram shown.
Malcolm Fraser.

Prime Minister 1975 - 1983.

 

AT-DO-15B
AT-DO-15B.

Message from PM Fraser and his wife to Miss Berry on the occasion of her 100th birthday.

A second telegram also expressing Birthday Greetings to Miss Berry from the Queen is included elsewhere.

Fraser
Bob Hawke.

Prime Minister 1983 - 1991.

Hawke

Hawke 15Da
AT-DO-15Db.

A message Mr Hawke to Mr and Mrs Wason congratulating them on their 50th wedding anniversary.