About James Scullin
- Born: 18 September 1876
- Died: 28 January 1953
- Partner: Sarah Maria Scullin
- Political party: Australian Labor Party
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James and Sarah Scullin were given a triumphal welcome when they arrived in Canberra on 21 October 1929 for the swearing in of the new Labor government. But 2 years later, Scullin said his term as Prime Minister was like a nightmare.
Australia’s 9th Prime Minister was unlucky in his timing. The New York Stock Exchange failure – the ‘Wall Street crash’ – took place in the first week of his government. He faced the crisis of economic depression by attempting to manage a failing economy while implementing Labor reforms.
Did you know?
- unsuccessfully contested the seat of Ballaarat against Alfred Deakin in 1906
- was Australia's first Roman Catholic prime minister
- was the first prime minister to choose the governor-general (he chose Sir Isaac Isaacs in 1931, also the first Australian to hold the post)
- played the violin
- was a lifelong teetotaller and non-smoker
- lobbied the Menzies government for grants to Australian writers through the Commonwealth Literary Fund in 1939