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Prime Minister Peter Fraser and Janet Fraser

Prime Minister Peter Fraser and Janet Fraser

Peter Fraser became prime minister and leader of the Labour Party in 1940, taking over from the fatally ill Michael Joseph Savage. He is shown here with his wife Janet, who had an office next to his and acted as his research assistant. He remained prime minister for the duration of the Second World War and until 1949.

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Peter Aimer, 'Labour Party - First Labour government, 1935 to 1949', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 May 2022)

Story by Peter Aimer, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Jun 2015