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Alfred Deakin

03 August 1856 (Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia)
07 October 1919
William, accountant, and Sarah, nee Bill

Marital Status: 1882 Martha Elizabeth (Martha Anne) Browne; 3d.

Melbourne Church of England Grammar School 1864-1871; University Melbourne from 1871 as part-time student

Barrister and journalist

Admitted to Bar 1877; wrote for The Age and Leader 1878-1883; had been prominent in Spiritualists' Association. Leader of Liberal wing of coalition 1886-1890; did not take office in 1890s while working for federation and practising at the Bar. Delegate to Colonial Conference, London 1887, and member of the Federal Conventions; accepted an offer to become the special 'Sydney' correspondent for the London newspaper the Morning Post, to put forward informedand unbiased views and news of Australian politics, for 500 pounds per year; in 1904-05 he wrote unsigned articles for the London National Review, also unbiased and lively writing about politics and public affairs in Australia.

HouseElectorateStart End
Legislative AssemblyWest Bourke1 July 18791 August 1879Resigned
Legislative AssemblyWest Bourke1 July 18801 March 1889
Legislative AssemblyEssendon and Flemington1 April 18891 October 1900

*The Start date for Members elected after 1900 is the date they were elected. The start date for pre-1900 Members is the date they were sworn in.

References: La Nauze, J. A., 'Alfred Deakin: A Biography', 2 vols, Melbourne, 1965.

Data Source: Thomson, K & Serle, G, 'A Biographical Register of the Victorian Legislature 1851-1900', ANU Press, 1972

Last updated: 22nd May 2019