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Papers of Sir Edmund Barton, 1827-1940 [manuscript]
Bib ID 2049726
Format ManuscriptManuscript, OnlineOnline
Barton, Edmund, Sir, 1849-1920
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Access Conditions Available for research. Not for loan. 
Description [1827-1940] 
2.03 m. (5 boxes) + 19 security binders + 3 fol. boxes + fol. items. 

MS 51 comprises correspondence, personal papers, press cuttings, photographs and papers relating to the Federation campaign and the first Parliament of the Commonwealth. The correspondence dating from 1827-1896 relates mainly to the business and family affairs of William Barton, and to Edmund Barton's early legal and political work. The correspondence of 1898-1905 concerns the Federation campaign, the London conference 1900 and Barton's prime ministership, 1901-1903. Correspondence, 1906-1920, relates mainly to Barton's family and to his work in the High Court.

Correspondents include Alfred Deakin, Lord Forrest, Lord Hopetoun, Joseph Chamberlain, Sir Samuel Griffith, Sir William Lyne, Sir Henry Parkes, Lord Tennyson, Lord Jersey, George W.E. Russell and Sir George Reid. There are also press cuttings relating to the Hastings-Macleay election, 1898, and to the activities of the Federation delegates in London, 1900; Commonwealth Constitution material, 1885-1901, some of it annotated in Barton's hand; family documents; and commissions and honours.


Sir Edmund Barton was the first prime minister of the Commonwealth of Australia, having previously been a leading advocate of Federation and one of the draftsmen of the Australian Constitution. He served as prime minister from 1 January 1901 until 23 September 1903, and then resigned to become the senior puisne judge of the newly-established High Court of Australia.


Manuscript reference no.: MS 51.

Also available on microfilm at the National Library of Australia Main Reading Room - Newspapers and Family History at mfm G 27550-27555.

MS 51 copy Also available online

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Guide to collections of manuscripts relating to Australia, A954.

Index/Finding Aid Note Finding aid available online and in the Special Collections Reading Room. 
Subjects Barton, Edmund, Sir, 1849-1920 -- Archives.  |  Barton, William -- Archives.  |  Australia. High Court -- Officials and employees -- Archives.  |  Politicians -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Prime ministers -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Judges -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Australia -- Politics and government -- 1851-1901.  |  Australia -- Politics and government -- 1901-1922.
Time Coverage 1827-1940 
Occupation Lawyers.  |  Federal politicians.  |  Prime ministers.  |  Judges.
Exhibited Selected items exhibited: Treasures Gallery, National Library of Australia, 13 May 2019 - 11 November 2019.  Exhibited: "Treasures Gallery", National Library of Australia, 3 December 2012 - 3 May 2013.  Selected items exhibited in: "Treasures Gallery", National Library of Australia, 12 June 2012 - 23 September 2012.  Exhibited: "Treasures Gallery", National Library of Australia, 7 October 2011 - 15 December 2012. 

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