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What did Edmund Barton do?
March 30, 2011 10:24AM
Edmund Barton was born in 1849 and died in 1920 and belonged to the Protectionist Party.
Apart from being Australia's first Prime Minister from 1901-1903, he created the Federal Arbitration Court and the High Court of Australia, of which he was a founding justice.
After he retired from politics in 1903, he became a High Court judge.
Incidentally, he was related to one of Australia's greatest bush poets, Banjo Paterson.