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Papers of John Christian Watson 1900-1941 [manuscript]
Bib ID 2246018
Format ManuscriptManuscript
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Watson, John Christian, 1867-1941
 
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Description 1900-1941 
30 cm. 
Summary

Correspondence including material on political and trade union matters most of which falls within the period of Watson's term in Federal Parliament. Subjects include the choice of a site for a federal capital, progressive land tax, conscription, and Watson's retirement from the position of leader of the Labour Party in 1907. Correspondents include Sir Edmund Barton, John Langdon Bonython, Alfred Deakin, Henry Bournes Higgins, Sir Isaac Isaacs, Sir George Houston Reid, Thomas Price, William Morris Hughes, G. Beeby, J.S. Collings, J. Curruthers, William Dyson, Lord Novar, B.R. Wise, J. Mansay MacDonald, S.M. Mowle, R. Jebb, J.W. Gregory, A. Walkins, and J.M. Toomey. Also included are various speeches, articles and notes relating mainly to Watson's political career, press cuttings, receipts, income tax returns, electoral returns, account book, leaflets, pocket diary for 1900, and photographs.

Biography/History

Born Valparaiso, Chile, arrived in Australia from New Zealand in the 1880s and worked as a compositor in Sydney; became President of the Australian Labour Federation 1893; entered Legislative Assembly 1894 as the member for Young; elected to Commonwealth House of Representatives for Bland 1901; Prime Minister of Australia April to August 1904. In 1910 he retired from politics.

Notes

Manuscript reference no. : NLA MS 451.

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Guide to collections of manuscripts relating to Australia ; B142 (Rev. 1).

Index/Finding Aid Note Descriptive list (19 p.) available. 
Subjects Watson, John Christian, - 1867-1941 - Archives.  |  Politicians - Australia - Archives.  |  Labor unions - Australia.  |  Prime ministers - Australia - Archives.  |  Australia - Politics and government - 1901-1945.
Time Coverage 1900-1941 
Occupation Federal politicians.

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