Alfred Deakin

This is a black-and-white photograph of the Hon. Alfred Deakin, Australia's second Prime Minister. It is an official portrait. It shows him wearing a white shirt and tie, with a vest. He is facing towards the camera and appears to be writing with a feather. As the second Prime Minister, he was often referred to as 'the constructor' due to his work building on the constitutional foundations of the nation. Interestingly, Deakin served a total of three terms in office, although they were not served continuously. Information about Deakin's life before, during and after office can be found by clicking the links below.

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The National Archives has an extensive collection of photographs and documents relating to Alfred Deakin. Here are some links to help you get started:

  • Discover more about Alfred Deakin on Vrroom
  • Information about Alfred Deakin before, during and after his term as Prime Minister
  • Explore the National Archives' records relevant to Alfred Deakin
  • Research guide to records associated with Alfred Deakin in the National Archives' collection. You can use the research guide to help you find records in our online databases RecordSearch and PhotoSearch
  • If you would like to learn more about Australia's leaders from Federation to the present day, you can explore the National Archives' Australia's Prime Ministers website