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Part 1 - The Road to Federation and Beyond

Federation: 1840-1879
The process to federate the six Australian colonies into the Commonwealth of Australia took over fifty years from its beginnings in the 1840s.
Federation: 1880-1900
The 1880s proved to be 'the turning point at which the 'federal idea' found in all the schemes of the previous forty years would be transformed into the Federation movement.'
Federation: 1901-1914
The Commonwealth of Australia came into being on Tuesday 1 January 1901.