Robert and Pattie Menzies in London in 1938
|Spouse of the Prime Minister of Australia|
19 December 1949 – 26 January 1966
|Preceded by||Elizabeth Chifley|
|Succeeded by||Dame Zara Holt|
26 April 1939 – 29 August 1941
|Preceded by||Ethel Page|
|Succeeded by||Ilma Fadden|
|Born||Pattie Maie Leckie
2 March 1899
Alexandra, Victoria, Australia
|Died||30 August 1995 (aged 96)|
|Resting place||Melbourne General Cemetery|
|Spouse(s)||Sir Robert Menzies|
Menzies was born as Pattie Maie Leckie at Alexandra, Victoria, the eldest daughter of John Leckie, a Deakinite Liberal who was elected the member for Benambra in the Victorian Legislative Assembly in 1913. He won the federal seat of Indi in 1917. Pattie usually accompanied her father on electorate tours until he lost his seat in 1919.
Pattie Leckie attended Fintona Girls' School in Melbourne, and during this time saw Robert Menzies, but they were not formally introduced until 1919. After they met, Menzies became a regular visitor at her father's home. On 27 September 1920 they were married at Kew Presbyterian Church in Melbourne. Soon after their marriage, the Menzies bought the house in Howard Street, Kew, which would become their family home for 25 years. They had three surviving children: two sons and a daughter. Another child died at birth.
In the 1954 New Year's Honours, Pattie Menzies was appointed Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire. The official citation read: "In recognition for her years of incessant and unselfish performance of public duty in hospital work, in visiting, addressing and encouraging many thousands of women in every State of Australia, including very remote areas, and in the distinguished representation of Australia on a number of occasions overseas". Her husband was knighted in 1963, but she continued to be known as Dame Pattie Menzies, not as Lady Menzies.
Sir Robert Menzies died in 1978. In 1992 Dame Pattie moved back to Melbourne from Canberra to live with her daughter, Heather Henderson. She was a founding member and first patron of the Australian Monarchist League.
Dame Pattie Menzies died on 30 August 1995, aged 96. Her ashes were interred alongside her husband within the 'Prime Ministers Garden' at Melbourne General Cemetery. She was survived by her daughter, Heather Henderson, having outlived not only her husband but both of her sons.
Titles, styles and honours
Titles and styles from birth
- Miss Pattie Leckie (1899 - 1920)
- Mrs Robert Menzies (1920 - 1954)
- Dame Pattie Menzies GBE (1954 - 1995)
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