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James Scullin
James Scullin

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The monument commemorates the birthplace of the Australian Prime Minister, James Scullin.

James Scullin was the first Catholic to become Prime Minister, the first Prime Minister to have come from an Irish background, and the first Labor Prime Minister born in Australia. He became Prime Minister in 1929 - the start of the Great Depression - a devastating time for Australia and the rest of the world.

In his two years in office he was confronted by two major crises - the severe economic hardship brought on by the depression, and the splitting of his party - Labor - into three parties. Facing a hostile Senate, his government was unable to pass the legislation it wanted to deal with the Depression.


Address:Western Highway & Ercildoune Road, Trawalla, 3373
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.445367
Long: 143.507344
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Government - Federal


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:March-1969
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Erected by the Trawalla Progress Association
March 1969

To mark the birthplace of James Henry Scullin, M.H.R., P.C

Born 18th September 1876

Prime Minister of Australia
1929 -1932

Died 28th January, 1953

Source: MA, ADB
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au