The Timeline to Federation

By noahds
  • A)

    Sir Henry Parkes, the premier of New South Wales, gives a speech in tenterfield in 1889 that begins the public debate about the possibility of Federation
  • B)

    In 1890 a conference in Melbourne agrees that a draft Australian constitution should be written.
  • C)

    A conference to draw up the next constitution is held in Sydney during 1891
  • D)

    The final touches to Australia's fist federal constitution are completed in Easter
  • E1)

    A severe economic recession hits the colonies
  • E2)

    The severe economic recession that has hit the colonies ceases
  • F)

    A conference in th town of Corowa in 1893 revives the federation movement with aproposal that the people should elect delegates who would decide the best model of goverment
  • G)

    In early 1895 all colonies premiers meet in the Hobart and agree that the resolution from the Corowa conference should proceed
  • J)

    In March-April 1897 the National Australiasian COnvention eets in Adelaide and decides on the best model for the new Australian Government
  • H)

    In 1897 the people of NSW, VIC, TAS, and SA elect delegates to attend the National Australasian Convention
  • I)

    Helen spence campaings in the 1897 elections to become a delegate for SA. In doing so, she becomes the first woman in the British Empire to run for political office
  • K)

    The people of NSW, TAS, VIC and SA vote in a referendum in 1898 to decide if they agree with the model of government chosen by the National Australiasian Convention
  • L)

    A second referendum is necessary and it is held in NSW, VIC, TAS, SA and QLD during 1899
  • M)

    Queen Victoria agrees to the new constitution in 1900 and WA decides to join the federation
  • N)

    Federation between all colonies is declared on the first of January 1901