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Australia’s first Labor Prime Minister held office for only four months in 1904, but his imprint on legislation extended through the first decade of the Australian parliament.

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'His Vandyke beard was exquisitely groomed, his abundant brown hair smoothly brushed. His morning coat and vest set off by dark striped trousers, beautifully creased ... He was the perfect picture of the statesman, the leader'. So the new Prime Minister was described (by WM Hughes) at the first meeting of his Cabinet in 1904.

NAA: A1200, L11176A

John Christian Watson was a founder and one of the principal shapers of the early Australian Labor Party.

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