Sir Robert Menzies

Posted in 1971

  • November 30: suffers a severe stroke which disables Sir Robert, paralysing him on one side.
  • Dame Pattie's "acknowledgement of his new physical incapacities and her response to them and to his other medical needs, and her efforts - wonderfully successful in helping him sustain his accustomed social life, his cricket and football watching, his West Brighton Club dinners, and even his travelling, must not go unremarked. The strain of them was fearful. I would like to say that Sir Robert was a good patient. But he was not. He was often a rebel, and at best a passive resister."
    Sir John Bunting, R G Menzies, A Portrait, 1988 p 151.