Australia’s first Prime Minister had an enormous impact on shaping modern Australia. Now, a century after his death, a new exhibition at the Australian Parliament House celebrates the life and work of Sir Edmund ‘Toby’ Barton.
His government marked the culmination of the drive to Federation for the six colonies, while his tenure as Australia’s first High Court judge included decisions on landmark issues that continue to affect Australia today.
Key themes of the exhibition include Barton’s political progress as seen through the lens of Bulletin cartoonists, his passion for culinary culture and the menus of landmark Federation dinners, his government’s legislative achievements, and his position as a Judge of the High Court.
What: The life and times of Australia’s first Prime Minister: a retrospective
When: Friday 27 November to Sunday 14 February 2021, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Parliament House, Canberra
Cost: Free, bookings essential. Tickets available online