This exhibition celebrates the life and achievements of one of Australia’s most significant yet enigmatic Prime Ministers - Alfred Deakin.
Deakin (1856–1919) was the first Attorney General and second Prime Minister of the new Commonwealth of Australia, and one of the founding fathers of Australian nationhood.
A persuasive orator, he was also an able negotiator, encouraging representatives of the six parochial Australian colonies to embrace Federation, and he was instrumental in the negotiation for a national constitution.
Through this exhibition, we explore his family life and early careers in the legal profession, journalism and politics, but more particularly his political life including the nation-building legislative framework of his second Prime Ministerial term (1905–1908) which laid the foundation of the Australian Settlement.
Main Image: Frederick McCubbin, The Hon Alfred Deakin (detail), 1914, Historic Memorials Collection, Parliament House Art Collection. Second Image: Mr Barton 'Remarked', 1900 by Livingston Hopkins. Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.