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Year 6 HASS: The Federation of Australia

Resources to support the study of Year 6 Humanities Arts and Social Sciences

Australia's Federation


Milestones to Democracy - the road to Federation

Australia's federation timeline

Click on this image to explore an interactive timeline of the events related to the development of Australia's Federation
and our democratic government.

Australia's Federation

Inauguration of the Commonwealth

Click on the image to view this clip.

This clip shows Sydney’s Archbishop, William Smith, welcoming Lord Hopetoun and Prime Minister Edmund Barton,
and dignitaries to the swearing in of Australia’s first federal cabinet and for the reading of the
Proclamation of the Constitution at Centennial Park, Sydney on1 January 1901.


Click on the image to watch this silent clip.

The clip shows part of the official parade for the Inauguration of the Commonwealthon 1 January 1901 as it passes t
hrough the temporary gate built especially for the occasion in Hyde Park, Sydney. 


The path to Federation - click the image to learn more.

Reasons for federation

Click the image to learn about the reasons Australia federated.


Click the image to learn about the reasons for and against Federation