Edmund Barton

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  • Edmund Barton Born

    Edmund Barton was born on the 18th January 1849 at Glebe, Sydney. He was the third son and youngest child of William Barton and William's wife Mary Louisa, née Whydah. Barton's eldest brother was George Burnett Barton.
  • Sydney Grammar School school captain

  • worked for solicitor, Henry Bradley

  • Graduates with a Bachelor of Arts University of Sydney

    Graduates with a Bachelor of Arts University of Sydney
  • Receives the degree of Masters of Art from the University of Sydney

    Receives the degree of Masters of Art from the University of Sydney
  • Admitted to the Bar

  • Married Jane (Jeanie) Mason Ross

    Married Jane (Jeanie) Mason Ross
  • Wins Sydney University Seat in Legislative Assembly of NSW

  • Represents East Sydney in the Legislative Assembly

  • Becomes Speaker of the Legislative Assembly

    Becomes Speaker of the Legislative Assembly
  • Resigns as Speaker

  • nominated for the Upper House

  • Delegate for NSW at the Federal Convention in Sydney

    Delegate for NSW at the Federal Convention in Sydney
  • Becomes a member of the drafting committees on the Federation Bill

  • Resigns from the Upper House in June and contests and wins East Sydney in the Lower House

  • takes over the leadership of the Federal Movement in NSW

  • Appointed Attorney General

    Appointed Attorney General
  • resigns from the position of Attorney General.

  • Defeated for the seat of Randwick.

  • elected to the Australasian Federation Convention

  • drafting committee produces a draft Constitution.

  • Draft Constitution Bill to be put before the British Parliament is rejected by referendum

  • Barton wins the by-elections for the seats of Hastings and Macleay and is elected Leader of the Opposition.

  • Enabling Act fora second referendum on the draft Constitution is passed

  • the draft Constitution Bill succeeds in the referendum.

    The vote count was: 107 420 votes to 82 741
  • Barton leads delegates to London where the British Parliament passes the Bill

  • Barton is commissioned to form the first ministry

    Barton is commissioned to form the first ministry
  • The Federal Parliament is officially opened in Melbourne

    The Federal Parliament is officially opened in Melbourne
  • Edmund Barton is appointed first Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia

    Edmund Barton is appointed first Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia
  • 1st federal elections

    1st federal elections
  • Resigns office as Prime Minister

  • appointed judge to the High Court of Australia.

    appointed judge to the High Court of Australia.
  • Dies suddenly of heart failure in the Blue Mountains.

    Dies suddenly of heart failure in the Blue Mountains.
    Barton died suddenly of heart failure at Medlow Bath in the Blue Mountains on 7 January 1920, and after a state funeral service at St Andrew's Cathedral, was buried in the Church of England section of South Head cemetery; he had been a Freemason. He was survived by his wife, four sons and two daughters, and his estate was valued for probate at £6565. His portrait by Norman Carter hangs in Parliament House, Canberra, and one by John Longstaff is in the High Court, Sydney.
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    Chronology of Edmund Barton

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    Edmund Barton Attends Fort Street Model School

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    Edmund Barton attends Sydney Grammar School

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    Works tirelessly for the Federation movement.

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    World War 1