Join us for the Inaugural Edmund Barton Lecture, a new series of annual events where we will commemorate the legacy of Australia’s first prime minister and how his political vision helped to create modern Australia.
Edmund Barton is best known as Australia’s first Prime Minister but he was a prodigious political force in the decades before and after. In 1879, as a young barrister, he successfully stood for election to the NSW Parliament and later served as Speaker of the NSW Legislative Assembly. In the 1890s, as NSW Attorney General, he became a leading figure in the movement for Federation and an Australian Constitution. Barton was appointed Australia’s first prime minister in 1901 and in 1903 became one of the three founding Justices of the High Court of Australia.
The Parliament of New South Wales acknowledges and respects the traditional lands of all Aboriginal people, and pays respects to all Elders past and present. We acknowledge the Gadigal people as the traditional custodians of the land on which the Parliament of New South Wales stands.