Royal assent

On 9 July 1900, Queen Victoria gave her royal assent, making the Australian Constitution law.

Royal Commission of Assent, 9 July 1900 (UK). Courtesy of Parliament House, Canberra. NAA: A5137, 1
Royal Commission of Assent, 9 July 1900 (UK). Courtesy of Parliament House, Canberra. NAA: A5137, 1 Documenting a Democracy
Queen Victoria, 1901. Photographer unknown.
Queen Victoria, 1901. Photographer unknown. NAA: J2879, QTH653

Queen Victoria (1819–1901) was crowned in 1837 at the age of 18. The longest reigning British monarch, Victoria was on the throne for 63 years. Her reign was marked by massive expansion of the British Empire, and tremendous social and technological change.

Audio:   Excerpt from 1914 recording of ‘Rule Britannia’. Edison Records