Sterling silver and enamel badge minted by Stokes & Sons, Melbourne in 1899. The badge would have been worn by a supporter of Federation. Although the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act had passed both houses of the British Parliament, it was not certain that all six colonies would join the Federation. Each colonial Parliament had to pass legislation agreeing to become part of the Commonwealth, and then hold referenda. In 1899 referenda were held in Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania, South Australia and Queensland. Western Australia held a referendum in 1900.

Obverse Description

Silver lettering on blue circle: AUSTRALIA'S COMMONWEALTH * 1899 *

Reverse Description

Stamped: STOKES / ST. SIL

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