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

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

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

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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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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...

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Richard Gavin Gardiner Casey, Baron Casey (1890–1976) by Walter Stoneman, 1943 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Casey, Richard Gavin Gardiner, Baron Casey (1890–1976), politician in Australia and diplomatist, was born on 29 August 1890 in George Street, Brisbane, Queensland, the elder son (there were no daughters) of Richard Gardiner Casey (1846–1919), a pastoralist with mining interests, of Brisbane, and his wife, ...

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Cowper, Sir Charles (1807–1875), politician in Australia, was born on 26 April 1807 at Dryford, Lancashire, the third son of William Cowper (1778–1858), curate, and his first wife, Hannah Horner, who died soon after. William remarried, and in 1809 sailed with his family for ...

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Alfred Deakin (1856–1919) by Swiss Studios, 1900 by permission of the National Library of Australia

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Deakin, Alfred (1856–1919), prime minister of Australia, was born on 3 August 1856 at 90 George Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne, the younger child of William Deakin (1819–1892), business manager, of Towcester, Northamptonshire, and his wife, Sarah, née Bill (1822–1908), of Llannarth, Cardiganshire. Deakin's parents were married in October 1849 and left ...

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Dibbs, Sir George Richard (1834–1904), politician in Australia, born at Flagstaff Hill, Upper Fort Street, Sydney, on 12 October 1834, was the youngest of the three sons of John Dibbs (b. 1790), master mariner, and his wife, Sophia Elizabeth Allwright (1809–1891). He was educated in ...

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Dickson, Sir James Robert (1832–1901), politician in Australia, was born at Plymouth, England, on 30 November 1832, the only son of James Dickson and his wife, Mary Maria, née Palmer. He was educated at the Glasgow high school, then worked as a clerk in the ...

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Donaldson, Sir Stuart Alexander (1812–1867), businessman and politician in Australia, was born on 16 December 1812, the third son of Stuart Donaldson (d. 1849), a London merchant born in Haddington, Scotland, and his wife, Betsy, the daughter of John Crundall of Snab Green, Lancashire...

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Dry, Sir Richard (1815–1869), politician in Australia, was born on 15 June 1815 at Elphin Farm, near Launceston, Tasmania, the elder of the two sons and the third of the five children of Richard Dry (1771–1843), a former convict from Ireland and chief assistant in the government store, and his wife, ...

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John Forrest, first Baron Forrest (1847–1918) by unknown engraver The Royal Geographical Society, London