Tamie Fraser

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Tamie Fraser
Tamie Fraser at Parliament House, Canberra for the national apology to the Stolen Generations in 2008
Spouse of the Prime Minister of Australia
In office
11 November 1975 – 11 March 1983
Preceded by Margaret Whitlam
Succeeded by Hazel Hawke
Personal details
Born Tamara Margaret Beggs
(1936-02-28) 28 February 1936 (age 81)
Adelaide, South Australia[1]
Nationality Australian
Spouse(s) Malcolm Fraser
(m. 1956–2015, his death)
Children 4
Known for Spouse of the 22nd
Prime Minister of Australia

Tamara Margaret "Tamie" Fraser AO (born 28 February 1936) is the widow of Malcolm Fraser, who held office as Prime Minister of Australia between 1975 and 1983.[2]


Born in Adelaide, Tamara Margaret Beggs grew up in western Victoria, where her family (like Malcolm Fraser's) owned a grazing property. She attended Geelong Church of England Girls' Grammar School, The Hermitage.

In 1956 she married Fraser and the couple had four children. Tamie Fraser disliked public speaking and electioneering work, but when her husband fell ill during the crucial election campaign of December 1975, after the dismissal of the Whitlam government, she represented him and spoke on his behalf.[2]

Tamie Fraser founded and was president of The Australiana Fund from 1978 to 1983.[2] She is President of Australia's Open Garden Scheme.[3] In 2004 she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for her service to the community through fostering the recognition and preservation of Australian artistic achievement, for initiating and promoting a range of activities to support people with disabilities, and for support of charitable, health and service groups.[4]


  1. ^ "Fraser facts". Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Tamie Fraser". Australia's Prime Ministers. National Archives of Australia. Archived from the original on 9 July 2009. Retrieved 31 July 2008. 
  3. ^ Australia's Open Garden Scheme
  4. ^ "FRASER, Tamara Margaret: Officer of the Order of Australia". It's an Honour. Commonwealth of Australia. 14 June 2004. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 

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