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Edmund Barton
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    (January 18, 1849-January 7, 1920)
    Born in Glebe, New South Wales, Australia
    Served in the Parliament of New South Wales (1879-87,1891-94)
    First Prime Minister of Australia (1901-03)
    Justice of the High Court of Australia (1903-20)
    Named a Knight Grand Cross of St. Michael and St. George (1902)
    While serving as Attorney General of New South Wales, he also represented people suing the government. He resigned as Attorney General when the Parliament passed a motion banning such activities as a conflict of interest (1894).
    In the first election for a national Parliament (1901), he was elected to represent Hunter, despite not actually living there.
    As part of the 'White Australia' policy, he restricted immigration from Asia.
    He said, 'The doctrine of the equality of man was never intended to apply to the equality of the Englishman and the Chinaman.'
    He graduated from the University of Sydney with honors at age 19.
    He was a founding member of the Sydney Rowing Club (1874).
    He was one of the main organizers in getting the six self-governing colonies of Australia to unite as nation.
    As a High Court judge, he was considered 'scrupulously impartial.'
    The 'Sydney Morning Herald' wrote, 'His work will last as long as Australia remains a nation.'

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