Alfred Deakin

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Family

Spouse: Pattie Brown

Daughters: Vera Deakin, Ivy Deakin and Stella Deakin

Life

Alfred Deakin

(1856-1919), barrister, journalist and prime minister, was born on 3 August 1856 at Collingwood, Melbourne, his father was born in Towcester, Northhamptonshire, England and his mother was born in Llanarth, Monmouthshire, Wales.

His Occupations Were

Autobiographer/memoirist

Barrister

Contemporary-affairs commentators

Federationist

Irrigationist

Journalist

Land Speculator

Liberal/Conservative Politician

Member of Lower House

Newspaper Editor

Opposition Leader

Prime Minister

Protectionist Politician

Spiritualist

Deakin's Part in Federation

Although Federation had been an idea within the Australian colonies for some fifty years prior to Deakin's involvement in politics, it seems to have been the 1887 Colonial Conference in London that galvanized his interest. This unwieldy assemblage of 121 representatives of the British Government and her colonies included two or more representatives each from the six disunited Australian colonies.

Glossary

Galvanized: to stimulate by or as if by a galvanic current.

unwieldy: Tough