Passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

09 Sep 2022

Books represent the freedom of thought and the highest expression of the human spirit.

Today we celebrate the legacy of the longest-reigning British monarch, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and remember her lasting ties with Australia and its national university. 

On 13 March 1963, Queen Elizabeth II visited the Australian National University to open the R.G. Menzies Library. 

The Menzies Library was named for Australia's longest-serving Prime Minister, Sir Robert Gordon Menzies, who accompanied the Queen on her visit to campus for the official opening ceremony.

During her speech to open the new library, the Queen told the crowd that "books represent the freedom of thought and the highest expression of the human spirit."

 

 

Display in Menzies Library

The visitors booksigned by Queen Elizabeth II, invitation to the Opening Ceremony, and a number ofphotographs from the day, are on display in the Menzies Library foyer.

Find out more about this important milestone in the history of our Library and the University on the ANU 75th-anniversary website.