Success at last!

Eventually, a compromise was brokered allowing a limited right of appeal to the Privy Council. In London, Barton, Deakin and Kingston danced for joy.

Left to right: Edmund Barton, Alfred Deakin and Charles Kingston. Animation: Joe McKinley, 2010. Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act, 9 July 1900 (UK). Courtesy of Parliament House, Canberra.
Left to right: Edmund Barton, Alfred Deakin and Charles Kingston. Animation: Joe McKinley, 2010. Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act, 9 July 1900 (UK). Courtesy of Parliament House, Canberra.
Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act, 9 July 1900 (UK). Courtesy of Parliament House, Canberra.
Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act, 9 July 1900 (UK). Courtesy of Parliament House, Canberra. Documenting a Democracy
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When the door closed upon us and left us alone, we seized each other’s hands and danced hand in hand around the centre of the room to express our jubilation.

Extract from Alfred Deakin, The Federal Story: The Inner History of the Federal Cause, 1880–1900, JA La Nauze (ed.), Melbourne University Press, 1963, p. 162.