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Federation of Australia: Part 1 1840-1879

The process to federate the six Australian colonies into the Commonwealth of Australia took over fifty years from its beginnings in the 1840s. This page highlights the role of New South Wales in making the nation of Australia

Federation of Australia: Part 2 1880-1900

The 1880s proved to be 'the turning point at which the 'federal idea' found in all the schemes of the previous forty years would be transformed into the Federation movement.'

Federation timeline

Significant events 1846-2001