Dr John Quick 1893

At the 1893 Corowa Conference, Victorian lawyer Dr John Quick proposed a three-step process to achieve a federal Constitution.

‘Official report of the Federation Conference held in the court-house, Corowa’, 1893, p. 27.
‘Official report of the Federation Conference held in the court-house, Corowa’, 1893, p. 27. NAA: R216, 298
Portrait of Dr John Quick, taken from the photograph ‘Federal Convention, Adelaide, South Australia, 1897’. Photographer: Terence McGann, Adelaide.
Portrait of Dr John Quick, taken from the photograph ‘Federal Convention, Adelaide, South Australia, 1897’. Photographer: Terence McGann, Adelaide. NAA: B5658, 1

Dr John Quick (1852–1932) was a Bendigo lawyer who came to prominence during the 1893 Corowa Conference with his proposed three-step process towards federation. He was a delegate to the 1897–98 federal convention. After federation, Quick continued his legal practice and in 1922 was appointed to the Commonwealth Court of Conciliation and Arbitration.

Audio:   Re-creation of Dr John Quick’s motion at the Corowa Federation Conference, ‘Official report of the Federation Conference held in the court-house, Corowa’, 1893, p. 27. Original printed document NAA: R216, 298

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I move that in the opinion of this conference the legislature of each colony should pass an act providing for the election of representatives to attend a statutory convention or congress to consider and adopt a bill to establish a federal Constitution for Australia, and upon the adoption of such bill or measure it be submitted by some process of referendum to the verdict of each colony.

John Quick