Did you know……
Sir Edmund Barton, was an Australian politician and judge. He served as the first Prime Minister of Australia and became a founding justice of the High Court of Australia. Barton first became an MP in 1879, in the Parliament of New South Wales. He contributed solidly to the federation movement through the 1890s, eventually contesting the inaugural 1901 federal election as head of a caretaker Protectionist Party federal government. No party won a majority; however, the government was supported by the Australian Labor Party, against the opposition Free Trade Party. Barton resigned as Prime Minister in 1903 to become a judge of the High Court of Australia, serving until his death in 1920.
But did you know………
- Edmund Barton was born in Glebe, New South Wales
- One of nine children
- Educated Sydney Grammar School Where he was twice dux and School Captain
- Graduated with first-class honours University of Sydney
- Founding member of the Sydney Rowing Club.
- In 1879, he umpired a cricket match at SCG between New South Wales and England
- At age 33, was the youngest person to have been chosen by the Australian legislative chamber.
- First Prime Minister of Australia
- Attended the coronation of King Edward VII.
- Barton resigned as Prime Minister in 1903
- One of the founding justices of the High Court of Australia.
- Second Australian to receive the GCMG – the highest knighthood available in the Empire (Sir Henry Parkes was the first)
- One of three Australian Prime Ministers to receive Japan’s Order of the Rising Sun, (the others were Robert Menzies and John McEwen)
- Nicknamed ‘Toby Tosspot’ by the Bulletin