100th anniversary of the Engineers Case

The case that changed Australian constitutional history Amalgamated Society of Engineers v Adelaide Steamship Co Ltd (“Engineers’ case”) [1920] HCA 54; (1920) 28 CLR 129 (31 August 1920) Facts A union of engineers commenced a claim in the Commonwealth Court of Conciliation and Arbitration against Adelaide Steamship Co Ltd for Read more…

The first official Australian flag

The first official Australian flag

Australia′s first flag was chosen from a national flag competition held in 1901. Initially started by the Melbourne monthly magazine The Review of Reviews for Australasia, the new Federal Government announced a further competition (Gazetted 29 April 1901) and the earlier competition entries were transferred and the prize was increased Read more…

Federation Flag

Federation Flag

In the mid 1880’s efforts to join the separate Australasian colonies into an Australian Commonwealth Federation increased. The earlier NSW / Australian Ensign was slightly modified and revived for use on land and in printed materials to promote federation, particularly in NSW and Queensland. It was used by such groups Read more…

Royal Commission of Assent

Royal Commission of Assent

When Queen Victoria signed this document on 9 July 1900, the Bill providing for the creation of the Commonwealth of Australia became law, enacting the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act and the founding of the Commonwealth. The Commission of Assent, with the original Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act and the Read more…