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.
1854 - 1855
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.
All Men Allowed To Vote
1856 - 1857
In 1856, all men over 21 were permitted to vote, instead of only wealthy land-owners. However, women still couldn’t vote.
Women's Suffrage League
1888 - 1889
In 1888, the Women’s Suffrage League was formed, and voting rights were pursued.
1900 - 1901
In 1900, the Australian Constitution was formed, and on the first of January 1901, the nation of Australia was created.
Women Allowed To Vote
1901 - 1902
Indigenous Australians Allowed To Vote
1961 - 1962
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.
Age To Vote 18
1972 - 1973
In 1973, the age to vote was lowered to 18, as part of a worldwide campaign.