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History ian 1/2/2014

A bit of history. Gladstone was named after William Ewart Gladstone, a British Liberal politician who lived for most of the 19th Century (1809 – 1898) – he served as Prime Minister four times - more than any other person, and he was also the oldest ever when he resigned for the last time, aged 84.

Looking at those eyes you’d have to say that he would probably have been able to out-stare Julie Bishop. He was known for being ultra-conservative, super-religious and a good orator – something that irritated Queen Victoria – she once complained that, “He always addresses me as if I were a public meeting.” His nickname was G.O.M. which stood for Grand Old Man if you were a supporter, or God’s Only Mistake if you were his rival, Benjamin Disraeli.

There is a marble stature (19th Century) of his namesake in the Gladstone Art Gallery & Museum and for the trivia buffs, the Gladstone bag (a travelling bag) is also named after him.

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