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The Right Honourable
Sir Edmund Barton
GCMG, KC
1st Prime Minister of Australia
Elections: 1901
In office
1 January 1901 â€“ 24 September 1903
Monarch Victoria
Edward VII
Governor-General Marquess of Linlithgow
Baron Tennyson
Deputy Alfred Deakin
Preceded by Position Established
Succeeded by Alfred Deakin
Justice of the High Court
In office
5 October 1903 â€“ 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 â€“ 24 September 1903
Prime Minister Himself
Preceded by Position Established
Succeeded by Alfred Deakin
Leader of the Protectionist Party
In office
1 January 1901 â€“ 24 September 1903
Deputy Alfred Deakin
Succeeded by Alfred Deakin
Speaker of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly
In office
3 January 1883 â€“ 31 January 1887
Preceded by Sir George Wigram Allen
Succeeded by James Young
Member of the Australian Parliament for Hunter
In office
30 March 1901 â€“ 16 December 1903
Preceded by Seat Created
Succeeded by Frank Liddell
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Hastings and Macleay
In office
23 November 1898 â€“ 1 March 1900
Preceded by Francis Clarke
Succeeded by Francis Clarke
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for East Sydney
In office
11 July 1891 â€“ 3 August 1894
Serving with William McMillan; George Reid; Varney Parkes
Succeeded by District Abolished
In office
28 December 1882 â€“ 2 March 1887
Serving with George Reid; Sydney Burdekin; John McElhone; George Griffiths; Henry Copeland
Preceded by Arthur Renwick
Succeeded by William McMillan
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Wellington
In office
14 December 1880 â€“ 28 December 1882
Preceded by John Shepherd
Succeeded by David Ferguson
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for University of Sydney
In office
26 August 1879 â€“ 14 December 1880
Preceded by William Windeyer
Succeeded by District Abolished
Personal details
Born (1849-01-18)18 January 1849
Glebe, Sydney, Australia
Died 7 January 1920(1920-01-07) (aged 70)
Hydro Majestic Hotel, Medlow Bath, New South Wales, Australia
Resting place Waverley Cemetery, Sydney
Nationality British subject
Political party Protectionist
Spouse(s) Jane Mason Ross
Children 6
Education

Fort Street High School
Sydney Grammar School
University of Sydney

Religion Anglicanism

Creating a nation requires the will of the people!
A State which has universal suffrage and a wide extension of the jury franchise, must qualify the people by education to rightly exercise the great powers with which they are invested.
Edmund Barton
It is the duty of the State to educate, and the right of the people to demand education.
Edmund Barton
If it is the duty of the State to educate, it is the duty of the State also to bear the burden of education, namely, the taxation out of which education is provided.
Edmund Barton
The difference between the denominational system and the public school system is all the difference between bolstering them up on the one hand and letting them alone of the other.
Edmund Barton
I was for two years a pupil at the Model School in Fort street which was then conducted upon the Irish national system, and if any special religious instruction was given in connection with that system, I do not recollect it.
Edmund Barton
I say further that our system of education should be unsectarian.