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Australasian Federal Referendum [Victoria]

1899. Colour lithograph certificate, inscribed to a “George Paine” (faded), printer’s line lower left, 35.2 x 49.7cm. Glue remnants, surface loss, repaired missing portions to edges of image and margins. Laid down on acid-free paper.

Printer’s line reads “Robert S. Brain, Government Printer, Melb.” Text includes “This is to certify that the question of an Australasian Federal Constitution was submitted to the Electors of Victoria on the 27th day of July 1899 and that out of a poll of 163,780 votes, 152,653 were cast in favor of such Australasian Federal Constitution...” The certificate features captioned portraits of the Premiers of the six colonies.

Between 1898 and 1900 the people of Australia voted on the Constitution in referendums held in each colony. Only in South Australia Indigenous people, both men and women, were able to vote.

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Item #CL179-4

Price (AUD): $1,650.00  Other currencies

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