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History: Australia : Making a Nation to 1901



Please also refer to LibGuide page " Australia as a Nation" for information regarding Federation

Trove, from the National Library of Australia is a great resource for finding books, images, historic newspapers, maps, music, archives and more.

.National Archives of Australia preserves Australia’s most valuable government records, encourages their use by the public and promotes good records management by Australian Government agencies.

Resources for students and teachers


ABC TV Guide - Buckley

  • William Buckley: the Wild White Man - NGV


The Aboriginal Protection and Restriction of the Sale of Opium Act  is passed. The legislation includes extensive clauses that restrict the rights of Aboriginal people, including controlling their finances. Other sections of the Act permit the Queensland Government to deport Aboriginal people to missions and reserves where they could be forcibly incarcerated. The Act also gave the government the right to exercise guardianship over all Indigenous children in the colony.


Working Conditions

Towards Federation

Constitution of a Nation  / National Archives of Australia

The Constitution is an agreement among the six colonies of the 1890s about what powers would be granted to the new federal parliament of Australia and how they should be exercised.

Constitution for a Nation is 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.

Who impacted the federation of Australia? - Miss Scarrott’s Class Blog

 (This is a Year 6 class blog area)

The Chinese Experience

Chinese Heritage of Australian Federation Proejct

Convict and Colonial Australia

ebooks in our LIbrary

Access the Library catalogue through the student intranet for these ebooks

Immigration since 1788 : the making of modern Australia  /  Victoria Macleay.  ([2011])

The governors, 1788-1855 : and how they influenced modern Australia : Phillip, Hunter, King, Bligh, Macquarie, Brisbane, Darling, Bourke, Gipps, FitzRoy  /  Kenneth Muir.  ([2011])

The constitution : the document that created the nation  /  Scott Brodie.  ([2011])

Exploration and settlement in colonial Australia  /  Joel Weston.  ([2011])

Australia's railways : how the land was conquered  /  Stephen Brooke.  ([2011])

Gold : the precious metal that brought instant wealth and long-term prosperity  /  Kenneth Muir.  ([2012])

Convicts : the story of the penal settlements that created Australia  /  Kenneth Muir.  ([2012])

About the money : Australia's economic history  /  Kenneth Muir.  ([2013])

Australia at the time of federation  /  Jordan Thomas.  ([2013])



History of the Colony of Queensland, Volume I.


Go to Clickview to view these videos and many more connected to Australian History

The Eureka Stockade

Tony Robinson Explores Australia - Eureka

Australia: The Story Of Us (2015) S01E01 Worlds Collide

First Australians - There is No Other Law: Central Australia 1878-1897

Australians - Truganini

First Australians - An Unhealthy Government Experiment

Our History - Australia Over Time - schooling

Australian Gold rushes

1788 - 1901 Series: Growing Up In Australia

Australian Bushrangers

Australian Explorers: Part 1 and 2

Australian Migration (1788-1900) - The Colonial Years

A Continent for a Nation: The Path to Federation

Convict Life in 1788

Missions, Settlements and Reserves