Famous Australian Prime Ministers

Australia has been one of the most powerful countries in the world. A developed country and also one of the wealthiest, it has second highest human development index and is the 12th largest economy. Furthermore, it has fifth highest per capita income and 13th largest military in the world. But much of that wouldn’t have been possible had it not been for the leaders that drove the country towards advancement and progress. The Prime Minister of Australia is the highest government minister and holds the most important political office of the country. He is not just the head of the government but the head of the Cabinet as well. Since federation, the country has had 29 Prime Ministers. The most prominent amongst them was Sir Robert Menzies, the longest-serving prime minister who served for 18 years from 1939 to 1941 and 1949 to 1966. John Howard was another Premier who served for more than a decade, from 1996 to 2007. In their premiership, they encouraged economic, social and industrial reforms. Other important premiers of Australia include Sir John Gorton, Paul Keating, Julia Gillard, Tony Abott and the incumbent Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull. Check this segment to find out details about Australian Prime Ministers, their life and their works.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Malcolm Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull.
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Famous As: Journalist, Politician, Entrepreneur, Lawyer, Investment Banker
Birthdate: October 24, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Malcolm Turnbull is a retired Australian politician. From 2015 to 2018, Turnbull served as the 29th prime minister of Australia. He also served as the leader of the Liberal Party on two occasions. For his service to the Parliament of Australia, Turnbull was awarded Companion of the Order of Australia during the 2021 Australia Day Honours

 2 Scott Morrison

Scott Morrison.
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Famous As: Prime Minister of Australia
Birthdate: May 13, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sydney

Scott Morrison is an Australian politician, currently serving as the prime minister of Australia. After assuming office, Morrison led the Coalition to victory in 2019, which was considered a significant upset as the Labor Party was ahead of the Coalition in most opinion polls. As Australia's first Pentecostal PM, Morrison also serves as an inspiration to the Pentecostal community.

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 3 Julia Gillard

Julia Gillard.
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Australia
Birthdate: September 29, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Barry, Vale of Glamorgan
Julia Gillard was the Australian prime minister from 2010 to 2013. She became the first lady prime minister, deputy prime minister, and leader of a political party in Australia. She has also held other significant positions, such as the minister of education. She has now devoted her life to academics.

 4 Tony Abbott

Tony Abbott.
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Australia
Birthdate: November 4, 1957
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Tony Abbott is a former politician who served as Australia's 28th prime minister from 2013 to 2015. Over the years, Abbott has had a major impact on society, thanks to his community service. He is an active volunteer for agencies and institutions like the New South Wales Rural Fire Service and Queenscliff's Surf Life Saving Club.

 5 Bob Hawke

Bob Hawke.
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Famous As: 23rd Prime Minister of Australia
Birthdate: December 9, 1929
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bordertown
Died: May 16, 2019
The 23rd Prime Minister of Australia, Bob Hawke was the longest-serving Labour leader and electorally most successful leader in the history. During his tenure he instituted a unified wage accord among the country's fractious labour unions that resulted in achieving greater industrial harmony. He also holds the feat of being the third longest-serving Prime Minister of the country.

 6 Harold Holt

Harold Holt.
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Australia
Birthdate: August 5, 1908
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Stanmore
Died: December 17, 1967

Harold Holt was an Australian politician and the 17th prime minister of Australia. On 17 December 1967, Holt disappeared while swimming in rough conditions at Cheviot Beach. Following his disappearance, which gave rise to several conspiracy theories, Harold Holt was presumed dead. The Harold Holt Memorial Swimming Centre in Melbourne is named in his honor.

 7 John Howard

John Howard.
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Australia
Birthdate: July 26, 1939
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

John Howard is an Australian former politician who served serving as the prime minister of Australia from 11 March 1996 to 3 December 2007. He is the second-longest-serving Australian prime minister, behind Sir Robert Menzies. As the prime minister, John Howard enforced new gun laws after the Port Arthur massacre of 1996. His tenure as PM has inspired several books.

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 8 Kevin Rudd

Kevin Rudd
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Australia
Birthdate: September 21, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nambour, Queensland, Australia

Former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd has been an Australian Labor Party leader and his country’s foreign affairs minister, too. After graduating in Chinese studies, he directly stepped into a diplomatic career. He has also worked for KPMG Australia as a Senior China Consultant and has penned a memoir.

 9 Gough Whitlam

Gough Whitlam.
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Australia
Birthdate: July 11, 1916
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kew Vic
Died: October 21, 2014

Gough Whitlam was an Australian politician who served as the prime minister of Australia from 1972 to 1975. During the 1972 election, Whitlam played a major role in bringing the Australian Labor Party to power. During the 1975 Australian constitutional crisis, he was dismissed by Governor-General John Kerr, becoming the only prime minister to be dismissed in this manner.

 10 Paul Keating

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Birthdate: January 18, 1944
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sydney

Paul Keating is an Australian politician who served as the 24th Prime Minister of Australia and was in the office from 1991 to 1996. He previously served as the deputy prime minister of Australia and the treasurer of Australia. His tenure as the prime minister witnessed the enactment of the landmark Native Title Act to enshrine Indigenous land rights.

 11 Robert Menzies

Robert Menzies.
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Famous As: 12th Prime Minister of Australia
Birthdate: December 20, 1894
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jeparit
Died: May 15, 1978

Robert Menzies was an Australian politician who served as the prime minister of Australia on two non-consecutive terms. He served over 18 years in total, becoming the longest-serving prime minister in Australian history. His government is known for its emphasis on higher education, national security policies, and immigration schemes. After retirement, he became the chancellor of the University of Melbourne. 

 12 John Curtin

John Curtin.
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Famous As: 14th Prime Minister of Australia
Birthdate: January 8, 1885
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Creswick
Died: July 5, 1945

Born to Irish immigrants, John Curtin had witnessed working-class uprisings in his younger days, which led him to join Australia’s Labour Movement. He was the only Australian prime minister with a Western Australian seat. The strenuous job of leading his country during World War II affected his health.

 13 Edmund Barton

Edmund Barton.
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Australia
Birthdate: January 18, 1849
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Glebe
Died: January 7, 1920

The first prime minister of Australia, Edmund Barton had also been a senior judge at the High Court of Australia. The federation movement leader was also a major force behind the drafting of the constitution of his country. After rejecting the knighthood thrice, he finally accepted the honor in 1902.

 14 William McMahon

William McMahon.
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Australia
Birthdate: February 23, 1908
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Redfern, Australia
Died: March 31, 1988

William McMahon was an Australian politician whose 21-year ministerial service is the longest continuous service in the history of Australian politics. From 1971 to 1972, William McMahon served as the prime minister of Australia. He also played an important role in the Second World War; serving in the Australian Army and reaching the rank of major.

 15 Alfred Deakin

Alfred Deakin.
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Australia
Birthdate: August 3, 1856
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Melbourne
Died: October 7, 1919

The second prime minister of Australia and Federation movement leader Alfred Deakin had developed an interest in literature and philosophy and had written several pieces of drama and poetry while studying to be a barrister. He later joined the Liberal Party. He spent his final years struggling with memory loss.

 16 Billy Hughes

Billy Hughes
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Famous As: Prime Minister
Birthdate: September 25, 1862
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England
Died: October 28, 1952

 17 Ben Chifley

Ben Chifley
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 22, 1885
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia
Died: June 13, 1951

 18 John McEwen

John McEwen
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 29, 1900
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chiltern, Australia
Died: November 20, 1980

 19 Stanley Bruce

Stanley Bruce
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 15, 1883
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
Died: August 25, 1967

 20 Chris Watson

Chris Watson
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 9, 1867
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Valparaíso, Chile
Died: November 18, 1941

 21 Joseph Lyons

Joseph Lyons
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 15, 1879
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Stanley, Australia
Died: April 7, 1939

 22 Arthur Fadden

Arthur Fadden
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 13, 1894
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ingham, Australia
Died: April 21, 1973

 23 Earle Page

Earle Page
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Famous As: Prime minister of Australia
Birthdate: August 8, 1880
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Grafton, Australia
Died: December 20, 1961

 24 Joseph Cook

Joseph Cook
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 7, 1860
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Silverdale, Staffordshire, England
Died: July 30, 1947

 25 James Scullin

James Scullin
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Famous As: Prime minister of Australia
Birthdate: September 18, 1876
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Trawalla, Australia
Died: January 28, 1953

 26 Joseph Ward

Joseph Ward
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Famous As: Prime minister
Birthdate: April 26, 1856
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
Died: July 8, 1930

 27 George Reid

George Reid
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 25, 1845
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Johnstone, Scotland
Died: September 12, 1918

 28 George Waterhouse

George Waterhouse
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Famous As: Statesman
Birthdate: April 6, 1824
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Penzance, England
Died: August 6, 1906