John C. Watson decanter produced by Bendigo Pottery in Epsom, Australia, circa 1975. John Christian Watson, (1867 - 1941) was a politician and the first Labor prime minister of Australia (1904). Educated in New Zealand, Watson became involved in the labor movement and was elected president of the Sydney Trades and Labour Council and president of the Australia Labour Federation (1893). He was a member of the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales until he entered federal politics and became the leader of the Labour Party. Watson formed the first Commonwealth Labour ministry (1904) but resigned in the same year and supported the Liberal leader Alfred Deakin. He retired from politics in 1910 and became a director of several companies, including the daily Labor newspaper, which he helped found in Sydney.