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Blog post from Saturday, 12 September, 2015

On this day. 12th September 1908, Sir George Reid, 4th Prime Minister of Australia, died in London.

Term as Prime Minister - 18 August 1904 – 5 July 1905

Terms as a Member of Parliament: NSW Legislative Assembly: 1880–84, 1885–1901 (East Sydney);

Premier of NSW 1894–99
House of Representatives: 9 May 1901 – 24 December 1909 (East Sydney)
Leader of the Opposition: 9 May 1901 – 17 August 1904; 7 July 1905 – 16 November 1908

House of Commons (UK): 10 January 1916 – 12 September 1918

Interesting facts about George Reid

  • a Federation father
  • only Free Trade Prime Minister
  • only Australian to serve in all three legislatures – colonial, Commonwealth, and British
  • nicknamed ‘Yes/No Reid’ by federationists
  • his was the first Australian prime ministerial funeral, in 1918

Source: National Archives of Australia

Cartoon is from the collections of the State Library of New South Wales

Currently on display:

Satire in the time of war: cartoons by Hal Eyre 1914 – 1918

Venue: Level 1, Macquarie Street building

The Daily Telegraph war cartoons, 1915 / original drawings by Hal Eyre Sir George Reid has been under shrapnel fire in France. Mr Fisher, Prime Minister, has received a cable from Sir George Reid offering his services as High Commissioner without salary … 20 Sept 1915