Constitutional convention

Federation Timeline by Hamish Kinsella

By Year 6
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    Federation Timeline

  • 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.

  • 6 British Colonies in Australia

    There were 6 British colonies in Australia. They could decide some things themselves, but the laws were made in Britain.
  • Men in Quensland get the vote

  • This decade is a boom time in Australia

  • Maritime workers strike occurs

  • each colony was now allowed to elect their own colony

    Each colony was now allowed to elect their own government, but still the big decisions were made in made in Britain. People in the colonies were starting to talk about joining together to be one natioin instead of 6 little colonies. Joining together like this called federation.
  • A National Convention to draft the Constitution is held.

  • A meeting was held to discuss federation.

    A meeting was held to discuss federation. Each colony sent 7 people. They started to write a constitution which is a list of rules about how the nation's parliment is going to work.
  • Men in Western Australia get the vote

  • Australia votes if federation should take place.

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

  • Premiers' confrences discuss federation

  • Second convention to draft the constitute takes place

  • Meetings discussed there needs to be a new draft.

    Meetings discussed the draft constitution 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 United states did - the number of people from each state in the House of Representatives depends on how many poeple in each state, but each state has the number of people in the Senate.
  • Queensland and Western Australia didnt vote on constitution

    People in all the colonies colonies except Queensland and Western Australia voted on the constitution, but New South Wales they did not agree to what was written and vote failed.
  • The first referendum for Federation occurs.

  • The premiers met to discuss what worried other colonies

    The premiers met to discuss the things that worried the other colonies, and changes were made to constitutution. One change was that that there would be a new capital built between Sydeny and Melbourne, because both they thought that should be capital city. People in all colonies except Western Australia voted for the constitution, and this time it was successful.
  • The second referendum for Federation occurs. women in Western Australia get the vote

  • Men in Tasmania get the vote

  • There was a gold rush in Western Australia. Populatioin Grew.

    Meanwhile, there was a gold rush in Western Australia and people from all over the country were going over there to look for gold. The Western Australians started to change their minds about federation, and in August they voted to be part of it.
  • A commitee took the constution to London.

    A commitee took the constitution to London to pursuade the British Parliment to pass a law allowing five colonies to join together and form one nation. The law was passed in May and signed by the Queen Victoria in July saying that on the first of January 1901 New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania would become states in the commenwealth of Australia.
  • Australia becomes a nation.

    Australia becomes a nation. The Government takes controol of all Australian colonial army and naval forces. Australia's reaches 3773801, but Aboriginal peoples are nnot included in the census. The winning design for the Australian flag is announced.
  • The first govenor General Lord Hopetoun declared Australia a natioin.

    On 1st January 1901 the first Govenor General, Lord Hopetoun officialy declared that there were six stetes forming the Commenwealth of Australia.
  • Edmund Barton becomes Australia's first prime minister.

  • The first parliment was opened.

    The first parliment was opened in Mebourne on 9th of May 1901
  • Women get the right to vote in Australia federal elections. Women in New South Wales get the vote in their state.

  • Women get the vote in Tasmania

    Women in Tasmania get the vote. The High Court of Australia is formed. Alfred Deakin becomes the second Prime Minister of Australia
  • The councilation and Arbitration Court is formed.

  • Women in Queensland get the vote.

    Deakin becomes Prime Minister for the second time.
  • Austraila becomes responsible for British New Guinea.

  • Women in Victoria get the vote.

    The site of natioinal capital is chosen. Andrew Fisher becomes Prime Minister.
  • The Commenwealth Bank is set up

  • The Royal Australian Navy is formally established.

  • Prime Minister Fisher commits Australian forces fighting in world 1.