Sir Isaac Alfred Isaacs

Sir Isaac Alfred Isaacs (1855-1948) was a Federationist and a progressive Liberal member of the Victorian (1892-1901) and federal (1901-06) parliaments. On the High Court Bench (1906-31) he asserted a wide reach for federal power to solve social problems. Australian conservatives and the British authorities opposed his nomination by the federal Labor government as the first native-born Governor-General (1931-36). Courtesy Australian Dictionary of Biography

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22 January 1931

Australia’s first native-born Governor-General

Sir Isaac Isaacs is appointed Australia’s first native-born Governor-General, despite King George V’s opposition to a ‘local’ appointment. A former Member of Parliament for Bogong in the Victorian Legislative Assembly and a High Court Judge, Isaacs serves as Australia’s ninth Governor-General until 1936.

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Portrait of Sir Isaac Isaacs.