Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that the National Archives' website and collection contain the names, images and voices of people who have died.
Some records include terms and views that are not appropriate today. They reflect the period in which they were created and are not the views of the National Archives.
The invitation shows the new nation and states as allegorical maidens sailing into the dawn of a new era.
The colonies came together in 1901 to form the Commonwealth of Australia. Early legislation in the new parliament reflected matters of national interest such as immigration, taxes and the postal system.
The Australian Constitution sets out the principles and guidelines for how the country is run. It can only be changed with the approval of the Australian people at a referendum.
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