Federation Of Australia
By Blake N
What life was like in the 1880's
During this time lots of migrants came to the colonies hoping to make money. Some of them hoped to make money through gold or by starting a business. Lots of people came to the cities to work. This was also the time of the "Stolen Generation" which is the name given to aboriginal children taken from their families against their will.
REASONS FOR FEDERATION
Towards the end of the 19th century, people started to become proud of their country and this helped Federation to occur. An example of this national pride was the Australian National Anthem which was first performed in 1878.
establishing the australian consitution
Each Australian Colony sent people to provide information at these meetings. In 1898 they had agreed on a draft constitution to take back to their colonies for approval. They held a referendum which let people vote for the Constitution but before it could be passed as law it had to be approved by the British Government. The Bristish parliament approved it and it was signed by Queen Victoria in July 1900.