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Alfred Deakin

Alfred Deakin

Alfred Deakin was born on 3rd August in 1856 at Melbourne, Victoria, British Empire. He was an Australian politician and head of the movement for Australian federation. And next he elected as the second Prime Minister of Australia. In the end of the 19th century, Alfred was a chief contributor to the establishment of tolerant reforms in the colony of Victoria, containing pro-worker industrial reforms.


His parents were William Deakin worked as an accountant and Sarah Bill, was daughter of a Shropshire farmer. And he was the only son of English immigrants. Deakin was started his schooling at the age of four years in a boarding school, and that was situated at Kyneton, but afterwards it was shifted to the Melbourne suburb of South Yarra.

He became A Day Pupil at Melbourne Church of England Grammar School in 1864, but he never shows much interest on studies. When he joined in J. H. Thompson School at that time John Edward Bromby was headmaster of this school. Deakin was admired and later adopted theatrical style of John Edward Bromby’s. In 1871, he got good percentage in some subjects like history, algebra, Euclid and average passes in English and Latin. While working as a school teacher, he started part time classes in law at the University of Melbourne at evening session.

Personal Life

He got married in 1882 with Pattie Deakin, when she was 18 years old. Elizabeth Martha Anne (Pattie) Browne was born at Camp Hill, Tullamarine Victoria on 1st January 1863. And her parents were Hugh Junor Browne and Elizabeth Browne.


Alfred Deakin was died on 7th October in 1919 at Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Deakin was almost universally well-liked, admired and valued by his friends, who called him as "Affable Alfred”. Deakin had a happy marriage and was stay alive by his wife and their children:

  • Ivy (1883–1970) married Herbert Brookes.
  • Alfred Deakin Brookes (1920-2005) Grandson of Alfred Deakin - the first head of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service.
  • Stella (1886–1976) married Sir David Rivett.
  • Vera (1891–1978) married (later Sir) Thomas White.


His principles are still remained in Melbourne political and business circles. The modern Liberal Party treated him as a founding father. The government of Melbourne kept the following names for schools after his death. This includes:

  • The Division of Deakin
  • Alfred Deakin High School
  • Deakin University
  • Deakin Avenue in the rural city of Mildura
  • Deakin Hall at Monash University
  • Deakin House at Melbourne Grammar School
  • The Canberra suburb of Deakin

In 1969, Australia Postal department honored him on a postage stamp bearing his portrait.

2nd Prime Minister of Australia
In office 24 September 1903 – 27 April 1904
Governor General Lord Tennyson, Lord Northcote
Monarch Edward VII
Preceded by Edmund Barton
Succeeded by Chris Watson
In office 5 July 1905 – 13 November 1908
Monarch Edward VII
Governor General Lord Northcote The Earl of Dudley
Preceded by George Reid
Succeeded by Andrew Fisher
In office 2 June 1909 – 29 April 1910
Monarch Edward VII
Governor General The Earl of Dudley
Preceded by Andrew Fisher
Succeeded by Andrew Fisher
Member of the Australian Parliament for Ballarat
In office 30 March, 1901 – 31 May, 1913
Preceded by Seat created
Succeeded by Charles McGrath
Personal details
Born 3 August 1856 Melbourne, Victoria, British Empire
Died 7 October 1919 (aged 63) Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Nationality British subject
Political party Protectionist/Fusion
Spouse(s) Pattie Browne
Children Ivy Stella Vera
Alma mater University of Melbourne
Religion Spiritualism

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