Teacher Guide Bibliography


Aroney, Nicholas, The Constitution of a Federal Commonwealth: The Making and Meaning of the Australian Constitution, Cambridge, UK; New York, Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Barwick, John & Jennifer, Federation, Port Melbourne, Heinemann Library, 2001.

Bennett, Scott, Federation, North Melbourne, Cassell Australia Limited, 1975.

Bereson, Itiel, Building the Nation: From Colonies to Federation, Port Melbourne, Echidna Books, 2001.

Brasch, N, Birth of a Nation: Eyewitness to Federation, 1850 to 1901, Victoria, Heinemann Library, 2007.

Brodie, Scott, Creating the Commonwealth of Australia, NSW, Grollier Australia, 2000.

Brodie, Scott, Our Constitution, Lane Cove, NSW, Franklin Watts, c 1999.

Brodie, Scott, The Commonwealth of Australia: How it Was Created, Sydney, Australian Knowledge, 1987.

Ciddor, Anna, Federation: Changing Australia, Melbourne, Macmillan Education, 2001.

Cochrane, Peter, Colonial Ambition: Foundations of Australian Democracy, Melbourne, Melbourne University Press, 2006.

Coupe, R, Achieving Nationhood: The Story of Federation, NSW, New Holland, 2000.

Cremin, Aedeen with David Carment (eds), 1901: Australian Life at Federation: An Illustrated Chronicle, Sydney, UNSW Press, 2000.

Crisp, LF, Federation Fathers, Carlton, Melbourne University Press, 1990.

Dennis, Lionel, Australia Since 1890, Melbourne, Addison Wesley Longman, 1999.

Dermody, Kathleen, A Nation at Last: The Story of Federation, Canberra, Australian Government Publishing Service, 1997.

Docker, John, The Nervous Nineties: Australian Cultural Life in the 1890s, Melbourne, Oxford University Press, 1991.

Halliday, Ken, Tenterfield Reflections: 1901 and All That, Tenterfield, NSW, 2001.

Hearn, Mark and Greg Patmore (eds), Working the Nation: Working Life and Federation, 1890–1914, Annandale, NSW, Pluto Press, 2001.

Hirst, John, The Sentimental Nation: The Making of the Australian Commonwealth, Melbourne, Oxford University Press, 2001.

Howard, Ann, From Colonies to Commonwealth, Sydney, Bay Books, 1984.

Irving, Helen (ed), The Centenary Companion to Australian Federation, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1999.

Lahey, John, Faces of Federation: An Illustrated History, Melbourne, Royal Historical Society of Victoria, 2000.

Macintosh, Cameron, When Australia Got a National Parliament: Federation, Port Melbourne, Victoria, Pearson Education Australia, 2009.

Mirams, Sara, The Road to Federation: A Teachers Guide to the Sentimental Nation, Melbourne, Oxford University Press, 2001.

Norris, R, The Emergent Commonwealth: Australian Federation, Expectations and Fulfilment 1889–1910, Carlton, Victoria, Melbourne University Press, 1975.

Parry, Ann, Civics Issues: Federation, South Yarra, Macmillan Education, 2006.

Richardson, Alan & Ted Trudgeon, Australia in the Making: An Investigation of Nineteenth-Century Australia, Melbourne, Nelson, 1987.

Russell, Roslyn & Philip Chubb, One Destiny! The Federation Story, How Australia Became a Nation, Ringwood, Victoria, Penguin Books, 1998.

Scott, Don & Lindsay Dann, Far Horizons: Australian History to Federation, South Melbourne, Nelson, 1992.

Souter, Gavin, Lion & Kangaroo: The Initiation of Australia, Melbourne, Text Publishing, 2000.

Ward, John Manning, The State and the People: Australian Federation and Nation-Making, 1870– 1901, Leichhardt, NSW, Federation Press, 2001.

South Australia

Bannon, John, The Crucial Colony: South Australia’s Role in Reviving Federation, 1891 to 1897, Canberra, Federalism Research Centre, 1994.

Howell, PA, South Australia and Federation, Kent Town, Wakefield Press, 2002.

New South Wales

Gard, Stephen, The Colony of New South Wales (A History of Australia), South Yarra, Macmillan, 2000.

Rickard, J, Class and Politics: New South Wales, Victoria and the Early Commonwealth 1890–1910, Australian National University Press, Canberra, 1976.


Hall, Henry L, Victoria’s Part in the Australian Federation Movement, 1849-1900, London, Elliot Stock, 1931.

Rickard, J, Class and Politics: New South Wales, Victoria and the Early Commonwealth 1890–1910, Australian National University Press, Canberra, 1976.

Turner, Henry Gyles, A History of the Colony of Victoria from Its Discovery to Its Absorption into the Commonwealth of Australia: In Two Volumes, Melbourne, Heritage Publications, 1973.


Reynolds, John, A Study of the Federation Movement in Tasmania, 1825–1900, [1929].

Roe, M, The State of Tasmania: Identity at Federation Time, Hobart, Tasmanian Historical Research Association, 2001.

Townsley, WA, Tasmania: From Colony to Statehood 1803–1945, Hobart, St David’s Park Publishing, 1991.


Cohen, Kay and Kenneth Wiltshire (eds), People, Places and Policies: Aspects of Queensland Government Administration 1859–1920, St Lucia, Qld, University of Queensland Press, 1995.

Fitzgerald, R, The Federation Mirror: Queensland 1901–2001, St Lucia, University of Queensland Press, 2002.

Thorpe, Bill, Colonial Queensland: Perspectives on a Frontier Society, St Lucia, Qld, University of Queensland Press, 1996.

Northern Territory

Donovan, PF, A Land Full of Possibilities: A History of South Australia’s Northern Territory, St Lucia, Qld, University of Queensland Press, 1981.

Reid, Gordon, A Picnic with the Natives: Aboriginal-European Relations in the Northern Territory to 1910, Carlton, Victoria, Melbourne University Press, 1990.

Western Australia

Hunt, L, Towards Federation: Why Western Australia Joined the Australian Federation in 1901, Nedlands, Royal Western Australian Historical Society, 2000.


For young readers

Cheng, Christopher, The Melting Pot: The Diary of Edward, Chek Chee, Gosford, Scholastic Press, 2007.

Farrer, Vashti, Plagues and Federation: The Diary of Kitty Barnes, The Rocks, Sydney, 1901, Lindfield, Scholastic, 2000.

Geason, Susan, All Fall Down, Surry Hills, Little Hare Pictures, 2005.

Green, Cliff, The Incredible Steam-Driven Adventures of Riverboat Bill, Montville, McVitty, 1995.

Hattensen, Stacey & Robyn Platt, Australians All!, Carlton South, Curriculum Corporation, 2001.

Newton, Robert, The Black Dog Gang, Camberwell, Penguin, 2007.

Park, Ruth, Playing Beatie Bow, North Ryde, Angus and Robertson, 1987.