First Deakin ministry

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First Deakin ministry

2nd Ministry of Australia
photograph of Deakin
Alfred Deakin
photograph of Lyne
William Lyne
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
Election(s)16 December 1903
Legislature term(s)1st
PredecessorBarton ministry
SuccessorWatson 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]

James Drake, who died in 1941, was the last surviving member of the First Deakin ministry; Drake was also the last surviving minister of the Barton government and the Reid government.


Party Minister Portrait Portfolio
  Protectionist Hon Alfred Deakin

MP for Ballaarat

  Hon Sir William Lyne KCMG

MP for Hume

  Rt Hon Sir George Turner KCMG

MP for Balaclava

  Rt Hon Sir John Forrest GCMG

MP for Swan

  Hon James Drake

Senator for Queensland

  Hon Sir Philip Fysh KCMG

MP for Denison

  Hon Austin Chapman

MP for Eden-Monaro

  Hon Thomas Playford II

Senator for South Australia


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