June 22, 2016

Cr Bourke Street and Elizabeth St looking south to Flinders St Station 1920

Deakin was coming to the end of his second term as Prime Minister in 1908 while the American Great White Fleet were visiting Australia. This was a time of new inventions like radio, air flight,...

June 9, 2016

Around 1890 Deakin had a dream or premonition that he was going to die. It concerned him enough that at the age of 34, 8 years after being married he wrote a letter to his children in case he passed away. In the letter he leaves instructions to his three girls on how t...

May 30, 2016

Deacon was very out spoken about the importance of getting religion taught in all government run state schools and he believed it was a critical responsibility of government to legislate for an "elementary un-sectarian religious instruction" program...

May 30, 2016

Deacon was passionate about protecting the weak and innocent. This explains why he was the President of the Victorian Society for Protection of Animals and why his first act as MP in the Victorian Government was to bring a private members bill in 1881 to protect the ri...

May 23, 2016

Sir Robert Menzies is Australia's longest serving Prime Minister. He was PM for 18 years during the outbreak of WW2- from Churchill and five US Presidents - Roosevelt to Nixon.


Menzies was also an admirer of Alfred Deakin, so he was pleased to rece...

May 18, 2016

February 1879 Alfred Deakin was elected as a member of the Victorian Parliament Legislative Assembly.


Seen in this photo above on far left sitting second from the left on the backbench, he was only 22 years old. Destined to be Australia's founding Father, Attorney Gen...

May 16, 2016

Sir Henry Parkes often gets the title of being Australia's father of Federation, as he did make a famous speech in Tenterfield NSW in favor of Federation in 1889. However it was Deakin who labored for more than 10 years, between 1890 -1900, often being the man behind t...

May 15, 2016

Deakin, Forrest and Fortescue metals


John Forrest was an explorer, Premier of Western Australia and Minister of Defence in Barton's Federal Government. Deakin appointed Forrest his Treasurer in 1905 during Deakin's second term as Prime Minister.

When Deakin was t...

May 14, 2016

Deakin - A Man of Character.

On one of Deakin's official Government trips to London he was given £1000 to cover his expenses. He shocked and disgruntled his traveling companions by choosing to stay at very modest lodgings, walking when he could and not spending public f...

May 12, 2016


Walter was a young man and a journalist for the Argus when he met Alfred Deakin. Deakin was also journalist for the Age during his 20's, due to his friendship with David Syme.

In 1923 just 4 years after Alfred's death, Pattie asked Walter to write a bi...

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