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Nationalism & Federation

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From separate colonies to one nation, ardent royalists with loyalty to Britain to nationalists who saw Australia as a nation able to stand by itself. In the space of less than two centuries, there has been significant change, though the concept, and the movement, began only a few decades after European settlement.

This page covers a second section on Federation looking at The Centenary of Federation, student activities & resources and multiple information links. There is a section on Nationalism in Australia, including multimedia material.

This page has been archived and is no longer being maintained.

The First Page covers the leading figures in the Federation process and a first section on Federation including life at the time of federation, the states and federation, The Constitution, other documents, timelines & chronologies.

There are also journals, databases, primary documents, reference material and other information where these are relevant.

Federation 2

Centenary of Federation, The

Information about, and actions stemming from, the Centenary of Federation in 2001.

  • Australia’s Centenary of Federation
    ‘Content, programs and events produced by the ABC to mark the 2001 Centenary of Australian Federation’. A number are listed here.
  • Visions for a Nation
    ‘Brought together five eminent Australians - former Prime Ministers Malcolm Fraser and Bob Hawke, former Victorian Premier Joan Kirner, former Leader of the National Party Tim Fischer and Australia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer. They were joined by state debating champion and Brighton Secondary School student Aparna Rao in a provocative and entertaining evening of perspectives on Australia’s future’.

General Information

  • Alfred Deakin Prime Ministerial Library
    Information about the man and the period. Links to collections.
  • Australia Unite ! - Road to Federation
    ‘Australia’s musical heritage from the years of the mid-late 1800s. Patriotic songs, waltzes, polkas and gallops are all presented here’. Fee-based resource.
  • Closer Look
    The First Parliament of Australia :.
  • Constitutional History of Australia
    The Federation process. The latter part covers later constitutional actions including 1975 and the Republic. Wikipedia.
  • Federation Information, links, related sources, more.
  • Debates that shaped the Nation :Federation Fast Facts
    Looks at the debate and provides the arguments for and against as well as providing further information.
  • Federation Fast Facts
    Background, arguments for and against, issue of trade, links to a timeline, other resources. Civics & Citizenship Education.
  • Federation of Australia
    Federal idea, early and later conventions, Constitution, life in Australia, notes, references, links. Wikipedia.
  • Federation Story
    ABC. ‘The history of Federation, peaceful transition from colonies to Commonwealth, the major events that established the Commonwealth and shaped the nation are examined here in Federation Story’. Seven sections. Each has an overview, Events, Places, People, Culture, Institutions.
  • NLA Federation Gateway
    ‘Created to assist you to locate a wide variety of materials including books, web sites, pictures and manuscripts relating to the Federation of Australia’. Try their Links Page to get further information.
    Still available but accessed at Pandora where it has been archived.
  • Road to Federation
    17 articles on different aspects of Federation and its Centenary.
  • The Australian Flag
    Adopted, then gazetted in 1903 in line with Federation. Other Australian flags and ensigns also detailed.
  • The Making and Breaking of the Post-Federation Army
    Changes that occurred in the armed forces at the time of, and just after, Federation. The importance of this.
  • Why New Zealand Did Not Become an Australian State
    ‘The purpose of this web page is to explain why New Zealand is defined as “a State” in the Australian Constitution and to list the reasons why, in the late nineteenth century, New Zealand chose not to become an Australian State’. Also provides reflection on this in the present.
  • Year Book Australia, 1909
    “The Federal Movement in Australia”. Article from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Student Activities & Resources

  • Australian Federation, 1901
    ‘A set of study materials for Years 7-10 Australian History’. NSW Board of Studies.
  • Centenary of Federation : Debates that shaped the Nation
    For Middle to Upper Secondary. Links to the Australian Curriculum; description of the activities duration; materials required; suggested procedures; extension activities.
  • Centenary of Federation Play Kit
    ‘Students take up the compelling challenge of saving Australia from oblivion in this science-fiction play’.
  • Federation of Australia Web Quest
    ‘This WebQuest has been designed to give students an understanding of Federation, the structure of the Australian Government, and how it all works#8217;.
  • Federator
    An Australian Federation WebQuest. ‘Your challenge is to use the same technology and go back to around the time of Australia’s Federation [before 1901] and make sure the F-900s do not succeed in destroying the Federation. To do this you will be researching Federation, the events and people leading up to Federation’.
  • The Dawn of a New Australia
    ‘A Federation WebQuest for Stage 5 Students. Understanding why the Australian colonies became a Federation in 1901’.
  • Why Do People Decide that Governments Should Federate ?
    Teaching and learning activities. Discovering Democracy Unit covering the Federation process.

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We have specifically stayed away from links leading to sites we consider push negative or divisive, rather than positive or explanatory, points of view.

  • 1998 Boyer Lectures
    “A Spirit of Play : The Making of Australian Consciousness”. ‘What has made us into Australians ? What blend of circumstances and influence has been at play to form a character, a place that we recognise as our own ? David Malouf examines how we have managed to encompass and reconcile newness with continuity’. Full transcripts of all lectures.
  • A Crisis of National Meaning …
    Prime Ministers and The Dilemma of Australian Nationalism. Presentation by Dr James Curran, John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library, Curtin University. Looks at the modern era.
  • Belonging
    Who Shaped Australia - An Exhibition. Predicates its message on two themes - People and Places. Multiple sections in each.
  • Colony and Empire
    “Australia’s Subservient Relationship With Britain”. ‘Looks at the ongoing subservience of Australia to Britain, British institutions, and British politicians. While the nature of this subservient relationship has changed, both in direction and in degree, it still continues. The aim here is to give a broad background to Australia’s subservient relationship with Britain’.
  • Forging the Nation
    Federation - The First 20 Years. ‘Explores our spirit and identity from Bushman to Digger’. Exhibition from the Australian War Memorial.
  • Music : Australian Nationalism
    State Library of South Australia. Musical items with often extensive information about individual things relating to nationalism.
  • People and Place
    ‘People and Place was published as a quarterly, peer-reviewed journal from 1993 to 2010 by the Centre for Population and Urban Research at Monash University. The journal presented key information and research findings on population dynamics, migration patterns, the labour market, trends in fertility and partnering, education and training, urban growth/planning, social inclusion, health, the environment and related topics. This collection comprises all People and Place articles’ Monash University. Abstracts for the latest issues and free articles from earlier issues. Search to find relevant articles.
  • The Last Man
    The Making of Andrew Fisher and the Australian Labor Party. ‘Professor David Day examines Fisher’s pivotal role as a nation builder and why his achievements have been previously overlooked’. Transcript and audio [file size 60.3mb] available.
  • The Nationalism Project
    ‘One of the most widely used nationalism studies resources on the Internet and provides a clearinghouse of scholarly nationalism information including : leading definitions of nationalism, book reviews, web links, subject bibliographies, a bibliography of more than 2 000 journal articles and more’. Covers many countries. Includes articles, journals, resources, research centres, more. The What is Nationalism ? page may prove most valuable.

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