George Reid

George Houstoun Reid (1845 - 1918)

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Sir George Houstoun Reid
Born in Johnstone, Renfrewshire, Scotlandmap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Sydney, NSWmap
[children unknown]
Died in London, Englandmap
Profile last modified | Created 19 Mar 2014
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Categories: Australian Prime Ministers | NSW Premiers.

Preceded by
Chris Watson
Fourth Prime Minister of Australia
18 August 1904 to 5 July 1905
Succeeded by
Andrew Fisher


George Reid was Prime Minister for ten months and 17 days. He was our first federal Leader of the Opposition, Premier of New South Wales (1894-99) the federal government's first High Commissioner to the UK (1909-16), and later an independent member of the British House of Commons (1916-18).

George Houston Reid was born on 25 February 1845 in Johnstone, Renfrewshire, Scotland. He was one of seven children of Rev John Reid, a Presbyterian minister, and Marion Crybbace. The family migrated to Melbourne in 1852, one of many Presbyterian families brought out to Australia by the Rev Dr JD Lang.

He married on 5 November 1891, Flora Ann Brumby, daughter of a Tasmanian farmer, at the Presbyterian manse, Wangaratta, Victoria.


George Reid was Scottish - his Reid ancestors can be traced back to at least 1600 at Dundee, Angusshire. He mother's ancestors came from Berwickshire. Strong Presbyterians, Reid's father was a Presbyterian Minister.


  • David Fox (1994-6) Notes on the Ancestry of Sir George Reid (MS 1694) National Library of Australia.

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