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today’s birthday: Ben Chifley (1885)

English: Australian Labor Party leaders Ben Ch...

English: Australian Labor Party leaders Ben Chifley (middle) and Herbert Evatt (left) with British Prime Minister Clement Attlee (right) at the Dominion and British Leaders Conference, London, 1946. http://www.pictureaustralia.org Image number M1409:31 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ben Chifley (1885)


Chifley was the 16th prime minister of Australia, serving from 1945 to 1949. Originally an engine driver, Chifley got his first taste of politics helping to establish the Australian engine drivers‘ union. He went on to become an active member of the Labor Party and held a parliamentary seat from 1928 to 1931. As prime minister, he oversaw reforms in immigration and citizenship, social services, and banking. One of the few successful referenda to modify what document took place during his term? More…



Sir John McEwen (1900)

McEwen was an Australian politician and the country’s 18th prime minister. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1934 and served in several ministerial posts between 1937 and 1941. He was prime minister for three weeks following the disappearance and presumed death of Prime Minister Harold Holt in 1967, and he caused a leadership crisis by announcing that he and his party colleagues would refuse to serve in a government led by William McMahon. What was McEwen’s objection to McMahon? More… Discuss

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