Australasia 19 September 2013 A quirk of Australian Prime Ministers Print HTML All but one of Australia’s first 20 prime ministers have federal electoral divisions named after them. The first, Edmund Barton, a prime mover in federation, resigned after three years to become a high court judge. His successor, Alfred Deakin, a spiritualist, served three separate terms, the collapse of his first administration leading to the country’s first Labor government, under Chris Watson, which lasted just four months. Three other PMs, Earle Page, Arthur Fadden and Francis Forde, served for less than a year, Forde for eight days after the death of the wartime Labor leader, John Curtin. Page’s best man at his second marriage was the eighth PM, Stanley Melbourne Bruce. Joseph Cook (1913-14) has no seat in his memory, the Cook division in New South Wales having been named after Captain Cook. A sculpture of John Curtin stands in the Australian city of Fremantle, near Perth. Image: Getty › Books in Brief: Sergio de la Pava, Rose George, Simon Critchley and Jamieson Webster Subscribe This article first appeared in the 16 September 2013 issue of the New Statesman, Syria: The deadly stalemate More Related articles John McDonnell praises New Labour as he enters conciliatory mode Full speech: John McDonnell's new, socialist economic policy to include a Living Wage Review Hillary Clinton versus Donald Trump: do presidential debates influence the election result?