John Watson

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John Watson
Date of birth9 April 1867
Date of death18 November 1941
WifeAda Jane Watson
and Antonia Watson
PartyAustralian Labor Party
As Prime Minister
From27 April 1904
To17 August 1904
SucceededAlfred Deakin
PrecededGeorge Reid
As Labor Party leader

John Christian Watson was Australia's third Prime Minister, and although holding office for only three months, was also the first Labor Party Prime Minister. He gained office following the resignation of his predecessor, Alfred Deakin, but with the Labor Party holding a minority in Parliament, had little hope of retaining the office for long.


Australian Prime Ministers
Edmund Barton (1901)

Alfred Deakin (1903, 1905, and 1909)
John Watson (1904)
George Reid (1904)
Andrew Fisher (1908, 1910, and 1914)
Joseph Cook (1913)
William Hughes (1915)

Stanley Bruce (1923)

James Scullin (1929)
Joseph Lyons (1932)
Earle Page (1939)
Robert Menzies (1939 and 1949)
Arthur Fadden (1941)
John Curtin (1941)

Francis Forde (1945)

Joseph Chifley (1945)
Harold Holt (1966)
John McEwen (1967)
John Gorton (1968)
William McMahon (1971)
Gough Whitlam (1972)

Malcolm Fraser (1975)

Robert Hawke (1983)
Paul Keating (1991)
John Howard (1996)
Kevin Rudd (2007)

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