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For Peace, Order and Good Government: The first Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia
Early proposals
Six colonies
Drafting a constitution
Declaration of the Commonwealth
Conducting the first Federal election
Who could vote?
The election campaign
9 May 1901
The royal visit
The first federal parliamentarians
Ministry of May, 1901
Edmund Barton
Political parties
Legislative program
Relationship between the houses

Members of the First Parliament

Francis McLean

Francis Edward McLean (1863-1926)

Member for Lang (New South Wales) 1901-1903

Francis McLean was born in Sydney, New South Wales. An accountant, McLean was the member for Marrickville in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly 1894-1901.

In 1901 McLean was elected to represent the federal seat of Lang as a Freetrader in the House of Representatives at the first federal election. McLean had a poor record of attendance in the first House of Representatives, attending only 29% of sitting days.  He did not stand for re-election in 1903.

After retiring from federal politics McLean sought re-election as the member for Granville, in the New South Wales Parliament in 1910, but was unsuccessful.

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