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Agnew, Sir James Willson (1815–1901), medical practitioner and politician in Tasmania, born at Ballyclare, co. Antrim, Ireland, on 2 October 1815, was the son of James William Agnew, a physician, and Ellen Stewart, of Larne, co. Antrim. Educated for the medical profession at ...

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Barton, Sir Edmund (1849–1920), prime minister of Australia, was born at Glebe, Sydney, New South Wales, on 18 January 1849, youngest son of William Barton, Australia's first stockbroker, and his wife, Mary Louisa (née Whydah), a schoolteacher. Known familiarly as Toby, he was educated at ...

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Sir Edmund Barton (1849–1920) by unknown photographer, 1903 by permission of the National Library of Australia

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Bent, Sir Thomas (1838–1909), premier of Victoria, Australia, born at Penrith in New South Wales on 7 December 1838, was the eldest child of five sons and three daughters of James and Maria (née Toomey) Bent. His father had been transported for housebreaking; his mother was a free immigrant from ...

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Sir Thomas Bent (1838–1909) by John Lockwood, c. 1907 La Trobe Picture Collection, State Library of Victoria

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Berry, Sir Graham (1822–1904), politician in Australia, was born at Twickenham, England, on 28 August 1822 to Benjamin Berry, a retired shopkeeper, and his wife, Clara, née Graham. After basic schooling, he was apprenticed to a draper; in 1846 he married the Scottish ...

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Sir Graham Berry (1822–1904) by Barraud, pubd 1891 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bland, William (1789–1868), medical practitioner and politician in Australia, was born in London on 5 November 1789, the second son of Dr Robert Bland (1740–1816). William was said to have attended the Merchant Taylors' School, but this has not been confirmed. Certainly, he was drawn to medicine and on 6 January 1809 qualified as a surgeon's mate in the ...

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Blyth, Sir Arthur (1823–1891), politician in Australia, was born at Birmingham on 19 March 1823, the third of the four sons of William Blyth (1788–1855), a wholesale merchant of Birmingham, and his wife, Sarah (c.1797–1861), the daughter of the Revd William Wilkins...

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Braddon, Sir Edward Nicholas Coventry (1829–1904), politician in Australia, born at Skisdone Lodge, St Kew, Cornwall, on 11 June 1829, was the third and only surviving son of Henry Braddon, solicitor, of an old Cornish family, and his wife, Fanny, daughter of Patrick White...