John Watson

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John Watson
Date of birth 9 April 1867
Date of death 18 November 1941
Wife Ada Jane Watson
and Antonia Watson
Party Australian Labor Party
As Prime Minister
From 27 April 1904
To 17 August 1904
Succeeded Alfred Deakin
Preceded George Reid
As Labor Party leader
Preceded ?

John Christian Watson was Australia's third Prime Minister, and although holding office for only three months, was also the first Labor Party Prime Minister. He gained office following the resignation of his predecessor, Alfred Deakin, but with the Labor Party holding a minority in Parliament, had little hope of retaining the office for long.


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)