Message with an old photograph of a leader addressing a crowd claims that a speech on the assimilation of immigrants included in the message was made by Australia’s first Prime Minister Sir Edmund Barton in 1907.
The quoted words were not spoken by Sir Edmund Barton nor were they spoken in 1907. The original version of the quote comes from a letter written by US president Theodore Roosevelt in 1919. The photograph also depicts Theodore Roosevelt. Someone has substituted “Australian” in place of the original “American” and falsely attributed the quote and photograph to early Australian Prime Minister Edmund Barton.
Subject: 1907 Sir Edmund BartonPerhaps this is one email that needs to be forwarded until every Australian with a computer receives it.
The year is 1907, over one hundred years ago….
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Sir Edmund Barton, Australia’s first Prime Minister, said on Immigrants and being an Australian in 1907:
‘In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an Australian and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an Australian, and nothing but an Australian… There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an Australian, but something else also, isn’t an Australian at all. We have room for but one flag, the Australian flag…. We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language… and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the Australian people.’
Edmund Barton 1907
Every Australian citizen needs to read this! KEEP THIS MOVING