The Australian Constitution is the single most important document in Australia’s history. It created the federal government and the states and made Australia a nation.
The original Constitution and other key documents related to the birth of the Australian nation are held by the National Archives in Canberra and are available for viewing at special events and by booked groups.
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View documents in the Federation Gallery at special events, or as part of a booked group.
The story of the 10 tumultuous years (1890–1900) of the creation of the Constitution, the people, the conventions, the arguments, the passion and the politics that created your Constitution.
In the Archives you can find records and photographs relating to Federation and the early history of the nation.
The original Australian Constitution Act, passed by the British parliament in 1900, presented to Australia 90 years later.
Review a selection of podcasts, lectures and talks on the Australian Constitution