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03-February-2015
03-February-2015

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A statue commemorates the first Prime Minister of Australia, Edmund Barton.

Sir Edmund Barton, GCMG KC (1849 – 1920) 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. For twelve years Barton gave all his energy to the cause of Federation and in 1897-98 rose to the heights of oratory with dedicated leadership and sustained hard work.

As Prime Minister he played an important part in setting up the Commonwealth administrative machine and in making Federation a reality. Barton resigned as Prime Minister in 1903 to become a judge of the High Court of Australia, serving for 17 years until his death in 1920.

Location

Address:Kings Avenue & Macquarie Street, Barton Offices, Barton, 2600
State:ACT
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.304576
Long: 149.134388
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Statue
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Government - Federal
Link:http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/adbonli…

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 11th July, 1983
Front Inscription

The Right Honourable
Sir Edmund Barton, P.C., G.C.M.G., K.C.
( 1849 - 1920 )

First Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia
1901 - 1903

This Memorial Was Unveiled By
The Hon. R. J. L. Hawke, A.C.M.P.
Prime Minister Of Australia
On 11th July 1983

Source: MA, ADB
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