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British colonial secretary queries the selection of Australia's first prime minister: Chamberlain's telegram to Hopetoun

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Title: British colonial secretary queries the selection of Australia's first prime minister
Subtitle: Chamberlain's telegram to Hopetoun
Date: 1900
Content creator: Joseph Chamberlain
Keywords: Australian politics, governors, prime ministers, telegrams
Record creator: Governor-General
Reference: A6661, 1055

Chamberlain's telegram to Hopetoun about the selection of Lyne as the first prime minister, 1900


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This is the telegram sent by the British Colonial Secretary in London, Joseph Chamberlain, to Australia's Governor-General Designate, Lord Hopetoun, asking for an explanation of Hopetoun's decision to invite Sir William Lyne, not Edmund Barton, to be Australia's first prime minister. Hopetoun received the telegram on 22 December 1900. On top of the telegram is a note from the manager of the Postal and Electric Telegraph Department in Sydney explaining an error that had occurred in transmitting the message at the Bombay cable station.

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