Home » Society » Australian Prime Ministers » Sir Edmund Barton

Sir Edmund Barton

Sir Edmund Barton

Personal Life

Sir Edmund Barton was born on January 18, 1849 in Sydney, New South Wales. He was the ninth child for William Barton and Mary Louise Barton. He graduated from the University of Sydney, where he was honors with university medal in classics. He was an organizer and dynamic member of the Sydney Rowing Club. Edmund Barton married Jane Mason Ross in 1877.

Political Career

In 1879 Barton entered into legislative assembly for New South Wales, where he has started as speaker from 1883-1887. Barton worked as attorney general in 1889 and again in 1891 to 1893. He accepted the leadership in 1981 for federation movement and in the same year he also assumed in federal convention. He also supported not just the lower house but also the upper house should be demonstrative and demands to the Privy Council which should be eliminated. He also involved in generating a draft constitution, which was significantly related to the Australian Constitution sanctioned in 1900.

Edmund Barton as Prime Minister

In 1900 baton has arrived in England to guide the constitution through parliament which was newly developed. After the formation of new constitution in the parliament, Barton came back to Australia and became the 1st prime minister in the same year. In 1903 he resigned his ministry because of the new partisan atmosphere in Australian parliament and became the high court senior judge in Australia until 1920.

Later Life

Sir Edmund Barton died January 7, 1920 from heart failure in Medlow Bath, New South Wales, Australia. He was survived with his wife and 6 children till death. Edmund Alfred Wilfrid Alexander Jean Alice Arnold Hubert Oswald Leila Stephanie


Knight Grand Cross of St Michael and St George in 1902 In 1900 university of Cambridge honored baton with LLD The Grand Cordon, Order of the Rising Sun, provided by Japanese government Sir Edmund was honored on postage stamps issued by Australia Post.

1st Prime Minister of Australia
In office: 1 January 1901– 24 September 1903
Monarch Victoria Edward VII
Governor General Marquess of Linlithgow Baron Tennyson
Preceded by Position Established
Succeeded by Alfred Deakin
Member of the Australian Parliament for Hunter
In office 30 March 1901�– 16 December 1903
Preceded by Seat Created
Succeeded by Frank Liddell
Justice of the High Court
In office: 5 October 1903�– 7 January 1920
Nominated by Alfred Deakin
Appointed by Baron Tennyson
Preceded by Position Established
Succeeded by Hayden Starke
Minister for External Affairs
In office: 1 January 1901�– 24 September 1903
Prime Minister Himself
Preceded by Position Established
Succeeded by Alfred Deakin
Personal details
Born 18 January 1849 Glebe, Sydney, New South Wales, British Empire
Died 7 January 1920 (aged�70) Hydro Majestic Hotel, Medlow Bath, New South Wales, Australia
Resting place Waverley Cemetery, Sydney, New South Wales
Nationality British subject
Political party Protectionist
Spouse(s) Jane Mason Ross
Children 6
Alma mater University of Sydney
Religion Anglicanism

Types Of Visas

Immigration Info

Australian History

Facebook Twitter