What? (we are learning to): Find out about a key person in Australia’s Federation.

Why?(this will): Help us have a deeper understanding Australia’s history.

How? (I’ll be able to): Research and explain the impact an individual had on Australia’s Federation.

Choose a key person in Federation history and research the answers to the following questions.

Alfred Deakin (1856-1919)


Who was Alfred Deakin? Give a brief summary.
Where was he born?
What were Alfred Deakin’s views about Federation?
What significant things happened when Deakin was Prime Minister?



Henry Parkes (1815 – 1895)


Why was Henry Parks known as the `Father of Federation’?
What was his famous speech `The Tenterfield Address’ about?
What is significant about the date of Parkes’ death?
Why do you think Parkes is referred to as one of the most significant politicians in Australian history?



Edmund Barton (1849-1920) 


Edmund Barton was Australia’s first…

What contribution did Barton make to Federation?

What is an interesting fact about Edmund Barton?



Useful links for your research:

Behind the News – Constitution http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s3939299.htm

Parliamentary Education Office – Federation http://www.peo.gov.au/learning/fact-sheets/federation.html

Federation explained – ABC Splash video http://splash.abc.net.au/home#!/media/1961881/Federation-explained 

An Ideal City – A nation needs a capital http://www.idealcity.org.au/a_nation_needs-1.html

Australian Dictionary of Biography – Henry Parkes http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/parkes-sir-henry-4366

Civics and Citizenship Education – Henry Parkes http://www.civicsandcitizenship.edu.au/cce/parkes,9158.html

Civics and Citizenship Education – Alfred Deakin http://www.civicsandcitizenship.edu.au/cce/deakin,9127.html

National Museum of Australia – Alfred Deakin http://www.nma.gov.au/primeministers/alfred_deakin

Civics and Citizenship Education – Edmund Barton http://www.civicsandcitizenship.edu.au/cce/barton,9076.html

Fast facts – Australia’s Prime Ministers – Edmund Barton http://primeministers.naa.gov.au/primeministers/barton/fast-facts.aspx


Copy the questions for your chosen person into word.

When you have finished your research post your answers as a comment below. Happy researching 🙂 

Remember – make sure you type the answers in your own words, do not copy and paste from webpages.