Joseph Lyons

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Birthday
15, 1879
Birthplace
Australia
DEATH DATE
Apr 7, 1939 (59)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
15, 1879
Birthplace
Australia
DEATH DATE
Apr 7, 1939 (59)

About

For the last seven years of his life, this prominent member of the United Australia Party served as his country's tenth Prime Minister. Earlier in his political career, as a member of the Labor Party, he served as Premier of Tasmania.

Before Fame

After attending the Philip Smith Teachers' Training College and subsequently working as a teacher, he began his political career as a member of the Tasmanian House of Assembly.

Trivia

A congenial and easy-going man and a hugely popular leader, he was portrayed by political cartoonists as a drowsy koala.

Family Life

A native of Stanley, Tasmania, he was the child of Irish-born parents. His marriage to fellow politician Enid Lyons produced twelve children.

Associated With

His decade of service as prime minister spanned the reigns of three British kings: George V, Edward VIII, and George VI.