Gold was discovered in Victoria, and a law was passed in Victoria forcing all gold miners to have a license. However, miners had no say in who ruled them.
In 1854, the Eureka Stockade (lead by Peter Laylaw) began when miners demanded voting rights, and the day after it was started, British soldiers stormed the Eureka Stockade. Shortly after, mining licenses were abolished.
In 1856, all men over 21 were permitted to vote, instead of only wealthy land-owners. However, women still couldn’t vote.
In 1888, the Women’s Suffrage League was formed, and voting rights were pursued.
In 1900, the Australian Constitution was formed, and on the first of January 1901, the nation of Australia was created.
In 1962, a referendum was held to alter the Constitution to permit Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people to vote; before this, they were actually classed as fauna.
In 1973, the age to vote was lowered to 18, as part of a worldwide campaign.