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Settlement of Australia

January 26, 1788

Six colonies established their own governments & constitutions

1850

Gold is discovered in Victoria, mining license established

1851

Eureka Stockade

1854

People allowed to vote in Victoria & South Australia

1856 - 1857

Women begin protesting for a vote

1888

Women allowed to vote

1894

Australian Constitution passed through colony governments

1896 - 1899

Australia becomes a nation (Federation)

January 1, 1901

Voting becomes compulsory

1924

Referendum for Aborigines to be allowed a vote and counted as people

1967

Voting age lowered from 21 to 18

1973

Compulsory for Aborigines to vote

1984