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Andrew FISHER

Born:

29 August 1862, Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland

Education:

Crosshouse primary school (c.1867–72)

Employment:

miner, engine-driver, finance manager

Memberships:

miners unions (Scotland c.1877–84; Queensland 1886–91); Presbyterian Church (1862– )

Marriage:

31 December 1901, Gympie, Queensland

Children:

 Robert (1902); Margaret (1904); Henry (1906); Andrew (1908); John (1910); James (1912)

Died:

22 October 1928, Hampstead, London

Buried:

Hampstead Cemetery, London

Honours:

Privy Councillor (1911)

Margaret Jane FISHER (née IRVINE)

Born:

c.1874, Gympie, Queensland

Memberships:

Australian Labor Party

Died:

15 June 1958

Political profile

Terms as PM:

13 November 1908 – 2 June 1909; 29 April 1910 – 24 June 1913; 17 September 1914 – 27 October 1915

Terms as MP:

Queensland Legislative Assembly: April 1893 – March 1896, March 1899 – c.April 1901(Gympie)
House of Representatives: 9 May 1901 – 27 October 1915 (Wide Bay)
Leader of the Opposition: 2 June 1909 – 29 April 1910; 8 July 1913 – 17 September 1914

Portfolios:

Trade and Customs: 27 April – 18 August 1904
Treasurer: 13 November 1908 – 2 June 1909; 29 April 1910 – 24 June 1913; 17 September 1914 – 27 October 1915

Political memberships:

Queensland Labor Party (c.1891– 1916); Australian Labor Party (c.1901– ; deputy leader Federal Parliamentary Party, 9 August 1905 – October 1907; leader Federal Parliamentary Party, October 1907 – 27 October 1915)

After:

High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, 22 January 1916 – 22 January 1921

Quiz facts

  • the first Prime Minister to hold a majority in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, in 1910
  • he founded the Commonwealth Bank in 1912
  • his government named wattle as Australia’s national flower and put the wattle on Australia’s Coat of Arms
  • either Alfred Deakin or Andrew Fisher occupied the prime ministerial office for ten of Australia’s first fifteen years
  • Margaret Fisher led the Australian group in the British suffrage march in London, 1911

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