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Earthenware jug depicting PM Joseph Lyons

by an unknown artist (manufacturer)


On loan to the National Portrait Gallery

Joseph Aloysius (Joe) Lyons (1879–1939) was Prime Minister of Australia from 1932 to 1939. A schoolteacher by profession, Lyons was first elected to the Tasmanian state parliament in 1909 and was Premier from 1923 to 1928. He entered Federal parliament in 1929 as a member of the Labor Party, but later defected to become a co-founder of the United Australia Party, which he led to victory in the December 1931 Federal election.

This jug, manufactured by the Launceston firm John Campbell & Sons, was created in celebration of Lyons becoming Prime Minister – the first (and so far the only) Tasmanian to do so. His wife, Dame Enid Lyons, a mother of twelve, in 1943 became the first woman elected to the Federal House of Representatives and was later the first woman to hold a cabinet position.

Lent by the Australiana Fund
Accession number: LOAN2013.22