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Romancing the house

Andrew and Margaret Fisher lived in this tiny Queensland house in Maori Lane, Gympie as newlyweds.

The Fisher family moved from this house to a much grander home in East St Kilda, Melbourne, when Andrew Fisher became leader of the federal parliamentary Labor Party in 1907.

In 1988 the ‘dilapidated and unwanted’ Gympie house was refurbished to mark its association with Australia’s fifth prime minister. It was moved to this new site and opened as the Andrew Fisher historical museum in 1996.

The Andrew Fisher Historical Museum, Gympie in 2001.

The Andrew Fisher Historical Museum, Gympie in 2001.

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Did you know ...

The prime minister is not mentioned in the Australian Constitution. When a prime minister is commissioned by the governor-general it is as 'my Chief Adviser and Head of the Commonwealth Government'.

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