The Australian National University appointed Stanley Bruce as its first chancellor on this day in 1951.
Mr Bruce served as Australia's eighth prime minister from 1923 to 1929; the first businessman to do so, and the second youngest at age 39.
He lived permanently in the United Kingdom from 1933 onwards.
"Announcing [Mr Bruce's role as chancellor] yesterday, the vice-chancellor, Sir Douglas Copland, said Lord Bruce would visit Australia towards the end of this year and in the meantime would keep in close touch with the work of the university," a report on the front page of The Canberra Times read.
"The new council of the university had also co-opted two former members of the interim council, Professor Mills and Dr Coombs".
On August 1, 2019, former deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop was named the first female chancellor of the Australian National University.
It was officially established in 1946 by act an of parliament, having previously offered no undergraduate studies as Australia's only full-time research university.