Australia is a country and continent in the southern hemisphere.. It is the sixth largest country worldwide. Although Australia was established as a united nation in 1851 it had been inhabited for tens of thousands of years by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples ️ 🇦🇺 ! When did Australia become a nation?
On January 1, 1901, Australia achieved official nationhood! Before this date the continent had been divided into separate colonies administered by Britain with the British crown ruling over each one. With the creation of the Commonwealth of Australia on January 1st 1901, all Australian colonies came together as one unified entity – a momentous milestone in Australian history as it marked the formal formation of Australia as an independent nation.
The formation of the new nation began in 1890s when colonies of New South Wales and Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania decided to create a constitution and join forces as a federation. Each colony wanted some control over its own affairs and wanted to pool their resources for the common good. Negotiations continued for many years until the Constitution was finally signed in July 1900.
The Australian Constitution was passed by the British Parliament on 9 July 1900, and the new nation was officially established on 1 January 1901 🆕 🇦🇺 🔛. The Constitution gave the new nation a federal structure and a system of government, with a Prime Minister, and a two-house parliament. It also gave the federal government the power to make laws and take over the powers and responsibilities of the separate colonies .
The formation of the new nation was marked by the first national celebration of Australia Day on January 26 1901 🆕 🇦🇺 🔛. This day is still celebrated as Australia’s national day, with ceremonies, and festivities taking place around the country.
In the years after its formation, Australia continued to develop, and change, with the adoption of the White Australia Policy in 1901 and the introduction of universal suffrage in 1902. In 1906 the first federal election was held and the first Prime Minister Edmund Barton was appointed.
Since then Australia has gone from strength to strength becoming a prosperous multicultural nation 🇦🇺 ️. It is now a member of the United Nations and is one of the most advanced countries in the world.
So, to answer the question when did Australia become a country? The answer is 1 January 1901. This was the day when the new nation was officially declared and it was the start of a new era for Australia. . .
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