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Crawford Vaughan

Our School has produced one Premier of South Australia, Crawford Vaughan, who held office from 1915 to 1917.

With political ambition evident early, Vaughan pursued a variety of causes, including supporting the Anti Commonwealth lobby. He unsuccessfully tried to enter State and Federal Parliament, and eventually won the State seat of Torrens for the United Labour Party in 1905.

Following the defeat of the government in 1915, Vaughan became premier, while also serving as Minister of Education and Treasurer. He held office as Premier until a party split in 1917 caused the government to lose its majority and power.

His interest in labour affairs continued, largely in New South Wales, where he moved in 1920, following time in the United States and as a delegate of the English Speaking Union to the Paris Peace Conference in 1919.