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Jim’s Australiana Spot – 2UE - April 30, 2017

our early prime ministers - the men who shaped our nation


We had 16 Prime Ministers from 1900 - 1966 and another 13 in the following 50 years

Barton Edmund       Sydney Glebe/Rocks Sydney Grammar   Sydney University   Law(Classics) PROT

Deakin Alfred Melbourne (Collingwood)  Melbourne Church of England Grammar Melbourne University   Law      PROT

Watson John Valparaiso Chile NZ left school 13 Sydney aged 19 Typographer LAB

*George Reid           Scotland Scotch Melbourne         Public Service clerk Sydney   FREE TRADE

Andrew Fisher         Scotland (Glasgow mining)          Queensland aged 22 (Gympie)        Labour

Cook Joseph           1860   England /Staffs    emigrated at 25 Hartley Parramatta Coal Miner Labour

Billy Hughes 1862, Pimlico, London Education Llandudno (Wales) primary school c.1869–74, part-time law studies (1903) teacher 1874–84, rouseabout, barrister. LAB UAP LIB

Stanley Melbourne Bruce1883 Toorak,  Melbourne Grammar Cambridge barrister, soldier NAT UAP

James Henry SCULLIN Born1876, Trawalla, Vic grocer, union organiser, journalist Catholic LAB

Joseph Aloysius (Joe) LYONS 1879, Stanley, Tasmania Stanley state school, Tasmania (1891–97); Hobart Teacher Training College (1907) teacher Roman Catholic         LAB UAP

E C G Page 1880, Grafton, New South Wales SHS  Sydney University surgeon, businessman AIF CP

RG Menzies Born:  1894, Jeparit, Victoria University of Melbourne (1918) barrister Kings Counsel (1929); Privy Councillor (1937); US League of Merit (1950); Companion of Honour (1951); Order of the Thistle (1963); Warden of the Cinque Ports (1965); Order of the Rising Sun, First Class (1973); Knight of the Order of Australia (1976) PM April 1939 – August 1941; December 1949 – 26 January 1966

Arthur William FADDEN   Born: 1894, Ingham, Queensland Walkerston state school, accountant PM August October 1941 (but acting PM for 2 years total)                                                   CP

John Joseph CURTIN Born: 1885, Creswick, Victoria Street Ambrose’s Primary, Brunswick, Melbourne clerk, union organiser, journalist  moved to WA 1917 edited Westralian Worker PM 1941 - 1945 Died in office                                                                                                                                      LAB
- the only Prime Minister to have been in gaol (as an anti-conscriptionist in 1916) - one of only two Prime Ministers (Bob Hawke was the other) from WA, though it was birthplace of neither )

Francis Michael FORDE Born: 1890, Mitchell, Queensland Christian Brothers College, Toowoomba, teacher, railway clerk, electrical engineer Roman Catholic Australian Natives Association; Irish National Association PM 8 days 1945                                                                              LAB

Joseph Benedict CHIFLEY Born: 1885, Bathurst, New South Wales Patrician Brothers high school, Bathurst engine-driver Roman Catholic Church; trades unions PM 1945-49    LAB

TRIVIA
• Most Prime Ministers were either FREMASONS OR CATHOLIC
• No PM has EVER been born in WA.
• Law profession has produced the MOST Prime Ministers
• Melbourne Grammar school has produced the MOST Prime Ministers

The Ships That Won’t Go Down
Henry Lawson

We hear a great commotion
’Bout the ship that comes to grief,
That founders in mid-ocean,
Or is driven on a reef;
Because it’s cheap and brittle
A score of sinners drown.
But we hear but mighty little
Of the ships that won’t go down.

Here’s honour to the builders –
The builders of the past;
Here’s honour to the builders
That builded ships to last;
Here’s honour to the captain,
And honour to the crew;
Here’s double-column headlines
To the ships that battle through.

They make a great sensation
About famous men that fail,
That sink a world of chances
In the city morgue or gaol,
Who drink, or blow their brains out,
Because of ‘Fortune’s frown’.
But we hear far too little
Of the men who won’t go down.

The world is full of trouble,
And the world is full of wrong,
But the heart of man is noble,
And the heart of man is strong!
They say the sea sings dirges,
But I would say to you
That the wild wave’s song’s a hymn of praise
For the men that battle through.

 

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