Alfred Deakin's Ink Stand

Alfred Deakin's Ink Stand
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Alfred Deakin, along with Edmund Barton, was a founding father of Federation. He was Australia's second prime minister and one of two prime ministers who held the position three times.

Deakin was also a journalist and wrote anonymous newspaper articles, even while he was Prime Minister, calling himself, ‘The Australian Correspondent’. In these articles he would sometimes even criticise himself!

Deakin’s sterling silver inkstand and pen were presented to him at the conclusion of his second term as Prime Minister in 1904 by members of the Commonwealth Press Gallery. For a man who loved the written word it was an appropriate gift. The ink stand is currently on display in the Alfred Deakin Prime Ministerial Library, Geelong.


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Warren Brown