Barton and his eight ministers started a government with no parliament, no public service and no accommodation. The Prime Minister’s first office was a borrowed room in Sydney’s Parliament House. His secretary, Arthur Hunt, worked from a makeshift desk in a hallway.
This photo is of the Executive Council in 1902 – the ministry of Edmund Barton, showing the members of the first federal Cabinet. Standing: JG Drake, Richard O’Connor, Philip Fysh, CC Kingston, John Forrest; seated: WJ Lyne, Edmund Barton, Lord Tennyson (Governor-General), Alfred Deakin, George Turner.