Sir Edmund Barton (1849-1920) was the first Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia.  He was 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, then resigned to become senior judge of the newly-established High Court of Australia. 

The papers of Sir Edmund Barton, MS 51, include correspondence dating from 1827-1939.  Diaries, personal papers and political documents, press cuttings, speeches and articles, photographs and objects, commissions and honours relate to the Federation campaign, the Commonwealth Constitution, the first Commonwealth Parliament and to Barton’s work both as Prime Minister and in the High Court.  The 5 boxes and 16 security binders were digitised with the support of philanthropists Dick and Pip Smith, and are available online, together with a finding aid


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