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It includes Menzies’ emergency flight to London in 1941 to warn the British government of a possible threat to Australia and other South Pacific countries from Japan, the friendship he established with Winston Churchill, and his family life in Melbourne and Canberra.

The images were taken in color mode on a 16-millimeter Kodak camera, which Howard waves during a documentary, telling historian Anne Henderson and members of the Menzies family about the importance of the 1941 trip for Australia’s security during the war.

John Howard shows a camera that Robert Menzi used to film Winston Churchill in 1941.

Howard says his favorite shot is Churchill, who is fond of cigars, in a light coat and hat for a pork pie, feeding swans bread on the lake, and Menzies shoots the camera. This shows the friendship that slowly developed between Menzies and the man he called a dictator and a dangerous, God-like figure when he first arrived in London.

Other footage shows the devastation of German bombing of England, including the Dorchester Hotel, where Menzies stayed, and the crater where the Old Trafford cricket field was supposed to be.

“The relationship started badly,” Howard says. “Menzies believed that Churchill was unaware of the danger that threatened Australia, especially Japan’s potential entry into the war.

The British Winston Churchill and Robert Menzies became close friends during the military visit of the Australian Prime Minister in 1941.

The British Winston Churchill and Robert Menzies became close friends during the military visit of the Australian Prime Minister in 1941.Credit:Michael Money

“Over time, Menzies and Churchill became good friends, and he, like everyone else, admired Churchill’s extraordinary leadership.”

Howard, a passionate historian of Menzies and author of the 2014 book The Menzies erashows that when the Prime Minister of Australia went to London on a 27-day flight with 42 transfers, Australia was one of the few small Commonwealth countries that stood next to Britain in the war.

The United States had not yet entered the war, Russia was still in alliance with Germany, and the rest of Western Europe was surrendering to the Nazis.

“It was a very desperate time,” Howard says.

The election challenge that the Liberal Party will face next Saturday can also be described as desperate. Although Howard does not acknowledge that his party is facing an identity crisis, he agrees that the biggest threat to it is not from teal candidates but from habitual liberal voters annoyed with the party.

The close fight between Monique Ryan and Josh Friedenberg in Kuyonga turned into a hand-to-hand battle in the election cabin in Hawthorn.

The close fight between Monique Ryan and Josh Friedenberg in Kuyonga turned into a hand-to-hand battle in the election cabin in Hawthorn.Credit:Enrique Ascui

“Politically you have a number of people who are not always but usually voted for the Liberals and for one reason or another may be long in office, capricious with the Liberal Party and thinking of voting for the Independent who run around and say we are really liberals, but we think they need to be shaken up, ”he said.

“The only message I have is very simple: you can’t get it both ways. You cannot vote for these so-called independents, who are essentially an anti-liberal group, to send a message to the Liberal Party without denying the Liberal Party.

“Once you do that, you hand over the government to the Labor Party.”

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Howard especially loves Friedenberg, whom he has known for 20 years. He describes him as a politician with “exceptional abilities”. Kuyong is Menzies ’old seat, and some home videos in the documentary were shot in the electorate, on the facade of Menzies’ historic family home in Kew.

Two recent polls using different methodologies – one conducted by RedBridge for tea candidates Monique Ryan and one conducted YouGov for Australian newspaper – both show that today’s election will lead to Friedenberg losing to Kuyonga Ryan.

“I talk to Josh regularly and I will definitely visit his electorate before election day,” Howard said. “I think Josh will win, but he’s not a fool. He understands that he has a fight. It’s a different kind of struggle, but there is a danger. “

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