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The Commonwealth of Australia is proclaimed in Centennial Park, Sydney. Edmund Barton is sworn in as first Prime Minister.
Lord Hopetoun is appointed first Governor-General of Australia.
Sir Duke Henry Parkes Urges for Federation
The South Australian referendum about Federation is won.
The New South Wales Referendum for Federation is Won
The Victorian and Tasmanian referendums are won.
The Queensland Referendum is won
The Constitution bill is passed in Queensland
Australian delegates are invited to London to negotiate the enactment in Britain of the Constitution Bill.
The first delegates' meeting is held in London.
The Commonwealth Bill is introduced into the House of Commons in London.
The Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act is passed by the British Parliament.
The Western Australian referendum is won.
Queen Victoria proclaims that the Commonwealth of Australia, comprising all six colonies, will come into existence on 1 January 1901.
First session of the National Australasian Convention is held in Adelaide to work towards a Federal Constitution. All colonies except Queensland attended.
second session of the National Australasian Convention is held in Sydney
Third and final session of the National Australasian Convention is held in Melbourne. Delegates agree on a draft Constitutio
The Premiers of all the six colonies meet in Melbourne to discuss changes to the proposed Constitution. Because it is a private meeting, it is called the ÔSecret Premiers' Conference. The meeting agrees to some changes to meet the concerns of Queensland and New South Wales. It also decides to have a federal capital in New South Wales but not within 100 miles of Sydney.
A conference of State Premiers is held in Melbourne to support the delegates in London. The meeting confirms that the delegates' mission is to have the Constitution Bill passed in London in the form voted for by the Australian people.
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