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1900–1910

Defining Moments in Australian History

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1900–1910

1900: Bubonic plague arrives in Australia
1901: Inauguration of the Commonwealth of Australia
1901: White Australia policy enshrined in law
1902: Commonwealth Franchise Act gives women the vote in federal elections
1903: William Farrer begins distribution of ‘Federation’ wheat
1906: Australia takes control of Papua as an ‘external territory’
1906: World’s first feature-length film The Story of the Kelly Gang produced in Victoria
1907: Rugby league splits from rugby union
1907: Australia’s first lifesaving club established at Bondi, Sydney
1907: Justice HB Higgins hands down ‘Harvester Judgement’
1908: Legislation introducing national age and invalid pensions