Key Events leading up to Federation

Key Events

First Federal Council meeting

1886

Reps from WA, Fiji, Queensland, Tasmania and Victoria present.

Henry Parkes makes speech in Tenterfield

24 October 1889

Corowa Convention

1893

5 out of 6 colonies vote yes to federation

April 1899 - September 1899

Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act is passed by British Government

July 1900

Federation

1901

Major Events

Henry Parkes proposes a federal council

1881

Proposal to establish federal council made formal by premiers

1883

An Act to Constitute the Federal Council of Australasia passed by the British Government

1885

First National Australiasian Convention held

1891

People's Federal Convention held

November 1896

Second National Australasian Convention held

1897

Last Federal Council of Australasia Meeting Held

24 January 1899

Minor Events

Britain Troops Withdrawn

1870

Australian Natives Association established

1871

Britain loses first Ashes to NSW & Vic

1877

New Guinea added as a part of Queensland

1883

Henry Parkes death

27 April 1896

Boer War

1899 - 1902