The Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Actis the primary constitutional text of the Commonwealth of Australia.
The constitution was enacted as an Act of the United Kingdon in 1900. It provided the new system of government for the new federation, which consisted at its inception on 1 January 1901 for the states and territories.
It's hard to imagine in contemporary Australia, but prior to Federation each of the Australian colonies was more like its own country with customs houses, railway gauges and even their own military. It was neither natural nor inevitable that Australia would be federated, in fact it wasn't even a very popular idea. Only through the dedication and hard work of a small group of people did the colonies eventually come together to form a nation.
The National Library of Australia's Federation Gateway has been created to assist you to locate a wide variety of materials like books, web sites, pictures and manuscripts relating to the Federation of Australia...
Presents 110 key documents that are the foundation of our nation. Has links to each state and territory, timelines, picture albums and allows you to follow themes: foundation laws, building of parliment laws, freedom laws and land laws.