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Spiritualist and Journalist

Alfred Deakin was the second, fifth and seventh Prime Minister of Australia and marrried the daughter of a well known spiritualist. I believe this article may have been written in 1909, after he became Prime Minister for the third time.

Spiritualist and Journalist

In his early days, Mr Deakin, the Premier of Australia, was keenly interested in spiritualism, and it was whilst pursuing his studies in the occult that he first met his wife, who is the daughter of Mr Hugh Browne, for many years one of the leading figures in the spiritualistic circles of Melbourne. As may be supposed, political cartoonists of the day were not slow to take advantage of the young stateman's hobby, and the whole city laughed to see him depicted in a white sheet. It was at this time that Mr. Deakin did a greal deal of journalistic work for the Melbourne 'Age.'


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