Australian Prime Minister was an occultist
He was active in the Australian Natives Association and was also a lifelong spiritualist, with associations with the Theosophical Society. In 1900 Deakin travelled to London to oversee the passage of the federation bill through the Imperial Parliament, and took part in the negotiations with Joseph Chamberlain, the Colonial Secretary, which nearly derailed the whole process. In 1901 he was elected to the first federal Parliament as MP for Ballarat, and became Attorney-General in the ministry headed by Edmund Barton. Nicknamed 'Affable Alfred' by those of his contemporaries who liked him, he is regarded as a founding father by the modern Liberal Party.
Deakin was a devout believer in the occult, believing that he was channelling John Bunyan as he wrote A New Pilgrim's Progress. He married Elizabeth Martha Anne Browne (Pattie Browne), daughter of Hugh Junor Browne, a prominent and wealthy spiritualist on April 3, 1882 ...
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