Stanley M Bruce (1903) and ANZAC day
2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) landings at Gallipoli, and as ANZAC Day approaches, we mark our connection with Stanley M Bruce, whom we believe is the only Australian Prime Minister to study at Cambridge.
Bruce matriculated at Trinity Hall in 1903, and graduated with a BA in 1905. Whilst here, he was heavily involved in the boat club. He rowed in the victorious Cambridge crew in the 1904 Boat Race and also had success as a Cambridge coach, with a winning crew in 1914.
Bruce became the eighth Australian Prime Minister in 1923, making him the second youngest at forty years old. Before this, he was a decorated war hero, and he later became Australia’s longest-serving High Commissioner in London. As Lord Bruce of Melbourne from 1947, his peerage was the highest official honour he earned.
The below photograph of Bruce is from A History of the Trinity Hall Boat Club by Henry Bond.