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Memento : Issue 19
january 2002 memento 9 An innovative project is underway at the Archives. We are opening access to original documents on Australia's Prime Ministers with special research guides and a brand new website. We are digging deep into our vast collection of papers and photographs, and discovering some fascinating facts about our former leaders. Do you recognise these PMs? ALFRED DEAKIN An able negotiator, conciliator and broker of compromises, Alfred Deakin used his influence and political skill to make and break governments. Three times Prime Minister -- from 24 September 1903 to 27 April 1904, from 5 July 1905 to 13 November 1908, and again from 2 June 1909 to 29 April 1910 -- Deakin was known in Parliament as 'Affable Alfred'. This image from a 1904 postcard reveals the forgotten origins of the Australian flag, when the Union Jack and the red ensign were the official flags. GEORGE HOUSTOUN REID At 15 years of age George Houstoun Reid joined the Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts debating society, and went on to become a witty orator and a superb cross-examiner at the Bar. In power for just under 12 months, from 18 August 1904 to 5 July 1905, Reid was the first and only Free Trade Party Prime Minister of Australia. Described as 'perhaps the best platform speaker in the Empire', Reid was just as well known for always having a bag of sweets handy, wherever he went. FRANCIS MICHAEL (FRANK) FORDE Prime Minister for only a week, Queenslander Frank Forde served the Australian Labor Party as deputy leader for 14 years. An experienced Cabinet minister and a loyal deputy to James Scullin, John Curtin and Ben Chifley, Forde was Prime Minister after the death of John Curtin on 5 July 1945. We have just acquired a small, forgotten collection of Forde family papers which highlight the role of prime ministerial wife Vera Forde. These papers include some family portraits as fresh as the day they were taken, half a century ago. NAA: A1200, L11178 NAA: M4267 Here are a few Prime Ministers we'd like you to meet. NAA: A1719, 3592C