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Article on the history of federation
Summary of the articleTuesday June 20 was a red-letter day in Australian history. It was the day on which the people of New South Wales — the best and wealthiest of the Australian Colonies — had to decide whether they were willing to accept the Federation Bill … A very large vote was recorded all over the colony, and a majority of … electors decided that Federation under the Bill was desirable. Enormous crowds thronged the Sydney streets on Tuesday evening to get the earliest news of the voting, and as the returns came in there was loud and long continued cheering.