A Great Pioneer John Christian 'Chris' Watson

Artwork by Alison Alder

About the Lecture

Chris Watson (1867-1941) was Australia’s third prime minister. Though his term lasted a bare four months during 1904, he established a number of ‘firsts’, most notably that he led the world’s first national labour/Labor government and, taking office aged 37, he remains our country’s youngest prime minister–and controversially, the only one not born in either Australia or Britain.

This lecture will be live streamed and recorded. You can access the live stream on the day at Watch, Read, Listen. A recording of the lecture will be made available on the Parliamentary Library’s website.

About the Speaker

David Headon is a cultural consultant and historian. Formerly Director of the Centre for Australian Cultural Studies, Cultural Adviser to the National Capital Authority and History and Heritage Adviser for the Centenary of Canberra, he is now a Foundation Fellow at the ANU Australian Studies Institute, a Parliamentary Library Associate and the Canberra Raiders club historian.

The First Eight Project is a collaborative project between the Australian Parliamentary Library, Australian Studies Institute (ANU), National Archives of Australia, National Museum of Australia, and Victorian Parliamentary Library.

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