Constitutional convention

Federation by Fraser Blumke

By Year 6
  • Violence occurs towards Chinese on the gold fields.

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  • The Eureka Rebellion takes place.

  • Men in south australia get the vote.

  • Men in victoria get the vote.

  • Men in New South Wales get the vote.

  • Federation

    There were 6 Bristish colonies in Australialia. They could decide some things themselves, but the laws were made in Britain.
  • Men in Queensland get the vote.

  • This decade is a boom time in Australia.

  • Maritime Workers' strike occurs.

  • Federation

    Each colony was now able to elect their own goverment, but still the big decisions were made in Britain. People in the colonies were starting to talk about joining together to be one nation instead of 6 little colonies. Joining together like this is called Federation.
  • A national conventaition to draft the consitution is held.

  • Federation

    A meeting was held to dicuss federation. Eash colony sent 7 people. They started to write a consituition, which is a list of rules about how the nation's parliment will work.
  • Men in Western Australia get the vote.

  • Federation

    The federation groups decided that the people of Australia should vote to decide if federation should take place.
  • Women in south Auustralia get a vote

  • Premiers' conferences discuss Federation.

  • Federation

    Meetings discussed the draft consitution and made changes and a new draft. Queensland was the only colony that did not send people to the meetings. Because some colonies were much smaller than others, it was decided to have parliment the way the United states did - the number of people from each state in the house of repersentiatves depends on how many people live in the state, but each state has the same number of people in the senate.

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  • Second convention to draft the concintution takes place.

  • Federation version 2

    People in all the colonies except Queensland and western Australia voted on the consitution, but in new south wales they did not adree to what was written and vote failed.
  • The first referendum for Federaton occurs.

  • The second referendum for Feration occurs. Women in Western Australia get the vote.

  • Federation

    The premiers met to discuss the things that worried those three colonies, and changes were made to the consitution. One change was that there would be a new capital built between sydney and melbourne, because both thought they should be the capital city. People in all colonies except Westeren Australia voted for the new consitution, and this time it was successful.
  • Men in Tasmainia get the vote.

  • Federation

    A committee took the consitution to London to persuade the British Parliment to pass a law allowing five colonies to join together to become a nation. The law was passed in Jumay and signed by Queen Victoria, in july saying that on !st january 1901, New South wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and tasmainia would become states in the Commonwealth of Australia. Mean while, there was a gold rush in Western Ausrtalia and people from all over the country went there to look for gold. vers 2
  • Federation version 2

    The Western Australians started to change their minds about federation, and in august they voted to be part of it.
  • Australia becomes a nation.

    The Australian Goverment takes control of all australian colonial army and naval forces. Australia's population reaches 3 777 801, but Aboriginal peoples are not inclued in the census. The winning design for the Australian flag is annonced.
  • Federation

    General, Lord Hopetoun, officialy declared that there were now six states forming the Commonwealth of Australia. The first parliment waa opened in Melbourne on the 9th of May.
  • Women get the right to vote in Australian federal eletions.

    Women in New South Wales get the vote in their state.
  • Edmund barton becomes Australia's first prime minister.

  • Women in Tasmania get the vote. The high court of Australia is informed. alfred deakin becomes the second prime minister

  • The Concilliation and Aribitation Court is formed.

  • Women in Queensland get the vote. Deakin becomes prime minister for the second time.

  • Australia becomes responsible fo British New Guinea.

  • Women in victoria get the vote. The site of national capital is chosen. Andrew Fisher becomes prime minister.

  • The Commomwealth bank is set up.

  • The Royal Australian Navy is fromally established.

  • Prime Minister Fisher commits Australian forces to fighting in world war 1