Emily Fitzgerald PhD Completion Seminar

Emily Fitzgerald, “That Great Country to Which We Must Constantly Look”: Australia and the United States in the Development of Australian Federation

Wednesday 14 March 2018, 2:00pm

Arts West, NW 553 (Discursive Space)

Across the 1890s, a series of conferences and conventions were held to develop a constitution for the federation of the Australian colonies. During these, delegates displayed a strong level of interest in and awareness of the United States, looking beyond the US Constitution to consider subsequent American experience and history. This seminar will look at some of the ways they looked to the United States on questions beyond how to structure a federal constitution, such as issues relating to railways, race and religion. It will discuss how this was done in the context of an active tripartite relationship between the Australian colonies, the United States, and Britain, which involved Australian popular interest in the United States and American popular interest in Australia, including more than than previously realised newspaper coverage about Australian federation.