Biographical entry Bruce, Stanley Melbourne (1883 - 1967)

1st Viscount Bruce of Melbourne

15 April 1883
St Kilda (Melbourne), Victoria, Australia
25 August 1967
London, England
Businessman, Diplomat, Prime Minister (Australia) and Soldier


Stanley Melbourne Bruce was a businessman, soldier, Prime Minister of Australia and diplomat. Bruce was member for Flinders (Victoria) for Nationalist Party (1918-29) and the United Australia Party (1931-33). He was Prime Minister 1923-29. Bruce also served as Minister for External Affairs 1923-29, Minister for Health 1927-28 and Minister for Trade and Customs 1928. He was Treasurer (1921-23) in the Hughes government. Bruce was honorary Minister in London 1932-33 during the Lyons government and High Commissioner in London 1933-45 during the Lyons, Page, Menzies, Fadden and Curtin governments. In 1947 Bruce received a viscountcy, becoming Lord Bruce of Melbourne. He was appointed the inaugural chancellor of the Australian National University in 1951.


Radi, Heather. Bruce, Stanley Melbourne (1883-1967), Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. Published in hard copy 1979, accessed online 23 July 2013.