Thanks to the National Archives we have an absolutely stunning example of a Prime Minister's Visitors Book. The book in question was in The Lodge, located in Canberra between the years of 1976 to 1979. For those who might not know, The Lodge is the principal place of residence for all Prime Ministers of Australia - it's the equivalent of Number 10 Downing Street or The White House, only its more sscenic than the former and less violent than the latter. Being that Malcolm Fraser was the PM of the time the book is populated with the signatures of many Liberal Party members, but there's also some famous people amongst it all, including members of the Royal family. Here's some of the better ones - see if you can recognise them.
|Prince Charles must have liked the cordial and pies because he kept coming back...|
|James Fairfax and Ita Buttrose. Now THERE'S a combination!|
|This guy gets around - I've seen his name in almost every visitors book I've read|
|It wasn't just confined to the famous. Kids would visit The Lodge as well - anyone have any ideas where these little rascals, Deuchar and Tamsin Davy from Bungendore are now?|
|And then there's this. A signed photo from the Apollo 11 dinner menu, for a dinner given in honour of the crew when they made a lightning visit to Australia, and when I say 'lightning visit', I mean exactly that - more in a future blog.|