George Reid

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George Reid
Date of birth 25 February 1845
Date of death 12 September 1918
Wife Flora Reid
Party (Free trade)
As Prime Minister
From 18 August 1904
To 5 July 1905
Succeeded John Watson
Preceded Alfred Deakin

The Rt Hon. George Houstoun Reid was Prime Minister of Australia for about ten months in 1904, following the resignation of John Watson. Reid resigned after losing support of the Protectionist Party, and was replaced by Alfred Deakin, who had previously been Australia's second Prime Minister.

Reid initially opposed Federation for Australia, but later changed his mind and supported it.

In 1910, he became Australia's first High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. After fulfilling that role for six years, he was offered a seat in the British House of Commons, to which he was elected unopposed.


Australian Prime Ministers
Edmund Barton (1901)

Alfred Deakin (1903, 1905, and 1909)
John Watson (1904)
George Reid (1904)
Andrew Fisher (1908, 1910, and 1914)
Joseph Cook (1913)
William Hughes (1915)

Stanley Bruce (1923)

James Scullin (1929)
Joseph Lyons (1932)
Earle Page (1939)
Robert Menzies (1939 and 1949)
Arthur Fadden (1941)
John Curtin (1941)

Francis Forde (1945)

Joseph Chifley (1945)
Harold Holt (1966)
John McEwen (1967)
John Gorton (1968)
William McMahon (1971)
Gough Whitlam (1972)

Malcolm Fraser (1975)

Robert Hawke (1983)
Paul Keating (1991)
John Howard (1996)
Kevin Rudd (2007)