First Deakin Ministry

The First Deakin Ministry (Protectionist) was the 2nd ministry of the Government of Australia. It was led by the country's 2nd Prime Minister, Alfred Deakin. The First Deakin Ministry succeeded the Barton Ministry, which dissolved on 24 September 1903 following Sir Edmund Barton's retirement from Parliament to enter the inaugural High Court. The ministry was replaced by the Watson Ministry on 27 April 1904 after the Labour Party withdrew their support over the Conciliation and Arbitration Bill.[1]

First Deakin Ministry

2nd Ministry of Australia
Date formed24 September 1903
Date dissolved27 April 1904
People and organisations
MonarchEdward VII
Governor-GeneralLord Hopetoun
Lord Northcote
Prime MinisterAlfred Deakin
No. of ministers8
Member partyProtectionist
Status in legislatureMinority government (Labour support)
Opposition partyFree Trade
Opposition leaderGeorge Reid
Legislature term(s)1st
PredecessorBarton Ministry
SuccessorWatson Ministry


Minister Portrait Portfolio
  Hon Alfred Deakin MP
  Hon Sir William Lyne KCMG MP
  Rt Hon Sir George Turner KCMG MP
  Rt Hon Sir John Forrest GCMG MP
  Hon Senator James Drake
  Hon Sir Philip Fysh KCMG MP
  Hon Austin Chapman MP
  Hon Senator Thomas Playford


  1. "Ministries and Cabinets". Parliamentary Handbook. Parliament of Australia. Archived from the original on 8 October 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2010.
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