January 26: Australia Day.
Today is a day to be proud of our country and the people that put in a lot of work and effort for our rights and benefits that we enjoy. Although Australia was born as a nation on 1st January 1901, we celebrate it on January 26, being the commemoration of the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788 and the unfurling of the British flag at Sydney Cove.
Australia Day Education – Our Prime Ministers
As I have noticed, surprisingly, that Aussies are not taught a great deal of history in School (compared to other nations), I thought I’d refresh our memories on who Australia’s first Prime Ministers were. Today is a suitable day to honor those people who represented our first days as a nation.
The First 10 Aussie PM’s – 6 Men
1 – Sir Edmund Barton
Sir Edmund Barton was the first prime minister of Australia
1 January 1901 – 24 September 1903
Sir Edmund Barton became Australia’s first Prime Minister on New Year’s Day 1901 at a huge public ceremony in Centennial Park in Sydney. Barton had worked on Federation for 10 years, and became Australia’s first Prime Minister because the supporters of Federation trusted him.
2 – Alfred Deakin (+ 5 & 7)
Alfred Deakin was Australia’s 2nd, 5th & 7th prime minister on these dates:
24 September 1903 – 27 April 1904
5 July 1905 – 13 November 1908
2 June 1909 – 29 April 1910
Deakin was a lawyer who liked dabbling in politics. In the late nineteenth century, Deakin spent 20 years in colonial politics. With Edmund Barton, he spent ten years before Federation trying to convince the separate colonies to become one nation.
3 – John Christian Watson
John Christian Watson was Australia’s 3rd prime minister on these dates:
27 April 1904 – 17 August 1904
Although he only served as Prime Minister for a little more than three months, Chris Watson played an important part in our history – he was the first leader of the Labor Party and the first Labor Prime Minister.
4 – Sir George Houston Reid
Sir George Houston Reid was Australia’s 4th prime minister:
18 August 1904 – 5 July 1905
George Reid was Prime Minister for ten months and 17 days. He was our first federal Leader of the Opposition and the federal government’s first High Commissioner to the UK.
6 – Andrew Fisher (+ 8 & 10)
Andrew Fisher was Australia’s 6th, 8th & 10th prime minister on these dates:
13 November 1908 – 2 June 1909
29 April 1910 – 24 June 1913
17 September 1914 – 27 October 1915
Andrew Fisher was the most successful of our early Labor Prime Ministers because he became Prime Minister three times! His government started the Commonwealth Bank and introduced invalid pensions.
9 – Sir Joseph Cook
Sir Joseph Cook was Australia’s 9th prime minister
24 June 1913 – 17 September 1914
When Joseph Cook was first involved in politics in the 1890s, he was a member of the Labor Party. However, during his career as a politician he was a member of several different political parties. When he became Australia’s ninth Prime Minister in 1913, he was the first Prime Minister to lead a Liberal party government.
Whatever country you are from: Have fun, be proud, remember your heritage and honor your family on this great day. Enjoy Australia Day!
Bless you all.
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