Stanley M Bruce (1903) and ANZAC day

Stanley M Bruce

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.