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Hon Alfred William Deakin
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2nd Prime Minister of Australia
In office
24 September 1903 – 27 April 1904
5 July 190513 November 1908
29 June 190929 April 1910
Preceded by Edmund Barton
Succeeded by Chris Watson
Andrew Fisher
Constituency Ballarat (Victoria)
Personal details
Born 3 August 1856(1856-08-03)
Melbourne, Victoria
Died 7 October 1919(1919-10-07) (aged 63)
South Yarra, Victoria
Political party Protectionist, Fusion

Alfred William Deakin (3 August 1856 – 7 October 1919) was the second Prime Minister of Australia.

He was born in Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia, the second child of William Deakin. In the 1890s he helped Australia become a country. He was Australia's first Attorney-General (head lawyer) when Edmund Barton was Prime Minister and then became Prime Minister after Barton left. He introduced the Bill to start Australia's High Court, began planning for a railway to cross Australia, took over control of New Guinea from Britain, and introduced old age pensions.[1]

Deakin married Elizabeth Brown on 3 April 1882. They had three children.

When he was old he had Alzheimer's disease which made him forget a lot of things. Alfred Deakin died on the 7 October 1919 in South Yarra, Victoria.He was buried at St.Kilda Cemetery.


  1. Alfred Deakin/ Prime Facts 2. The Australian Prime Ministers Centre, Old Parliament House, Canberra.
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