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Debates that shaped the nation: Federation fast facts Background information At the end of the 1800s, Australia was divided into six separate colonies instead of being one nation. But people had been talking for years about whether Australia should be one nation, and in the 1890s a series of meetings (called conventions or conferences) was held to discuss federation of the colonies. The Premier of New South Wales, Sir Henry Parkes, had announced in 1889 that the time had come to form a national parliament and government. First Fleet artwork collection On 13 May 1787 eleven ships, now commonly referred to as the First Fleet, set sail from Portsmouth to establish a colony in New South Wales, Australia. They reached their destination on 18 January 1788, 18 years after Captain James Cook had first landed on the east coast of Australia at Botany Bay. One of the unplanned but long-lasting outcomes of this event was the large number of outstanding drawings of Aboriginal people, the environment and wildlife found on arrival as well as of the early foundation of the colony. Note

National Portrait Gallery, Canberra - Portraits Welcome to the National Portrait Gallery's collection search. The National Portrait Gallery's collection contains portraits depicted in a wide variety of media; paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and photographs. Copyright Statement Steps to Federation: 1883-1901, Federation and Australia's Constitution, Australia to 1914, SOSE: History Year 9, NSW Introduction For several decades leading up to 1883, the general public and the colonial governments had been discussing ideas which included forming an inter-colonial authority or even federating the six separate colonies. Matters of defence, immigration, trade, transport and national pride were growing in importance on colonial agendas and influencing them to form a united front. After several attempts lasting many years, in 1901 Federation was finally established in Australia.

History resources - National Library of Australia AIATSIS Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies AIATSIS: The Institute seeks to provide understanding of Australian Indigenous cultures, past and present through undertaking and publishing research, and providing access to print and audiovisual collections. It undertakes research in indigenous health and wellbeing, education, history and cultural transmission, language, arts and cultural expression as well as native title and traditional ownership. Access to collections is provided through Mura, the Institute's online catalogue. Archive of the Royal Society Lesson plans, resources, and ideas for countries in Australia and Oceana. In addition to the printables that can be used for any country study, I make additional sheets for specific countries ~ mapping activities and flag notebooking sheets {and sometimes more!}. We took two weeks to study the continent of Australia. Our first week we focused more on the geography of Australia {Great Barrier Reef, desert, oceans surrounding Australia} as well as the currency, the Australian flag, and learned some Australian slang words {grins}. During our second week we learned about kangaroos and koalas and completed some minit books {usually to make a lapbook} about both animals. We also had fun trying to draw some different animals and even tried to draw our own map of Australia. If you'd like to see a more detailed blog post with day-by-day plans for our two week study along with links/resources, here is the link:

Australia's PMs - Australia's Prime Ministers Site map | Glossary | Contact us About this site | Australia's PMs | Fast facts | Timeline | Galleries | Find records > The Australian prime minister> The prime ministerial spouse Home > Australia's PMs Federation: 18/03/2014, Behind the News A couple of states had elections on the weekend. You probably know that Aussie states have their own laws and their own leaders but have you ever wondered why that is? It all goes back to a time when the states were separate colonies. I thought it was a good chance to go back in time and take a look at how Australia came to be Australia. Australia Facts for Kids: Facts about Australia for Kids Interesting Facts for Kids Here are some interesting Australia Facts which were chosen and researched by kids especially for kids. Name: Commonwealth of AustraliaGovernment: DemocracyPopulation: 23, 6 million (2013)Capital: Canberra with 380,000 people (2013)Language: English

Factsheets · Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House Do you know which former prime minister was nicknamed ‘Tosspot Toby’ by The Bulletin because of his love of good food and wine? Or which one used to work as a miner before he was prime minister? Read our Prime Facts factsheets to discover these and many more facts about our former prime ministers including details about their political careers, their main achievements, their personal lives, their character and their lives after politics. You can also find out about leaders of the Opposition Party, Deputy Prime Ministers, Prime Ministers wives and many other facts about Australia’s government.

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