1897/1898 National Australasian Convention (First Session): Adelaide 1897

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Date: 22 Mar 1897 to 23 Apr 1897
Location: Adelaide, South Australiamap
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New South Wales

Edmund Barton, Esquire, Q.C.
The Honorable George Houston Reid, M.L.A. (Premier).
The Honorable Joseph Hector Carruthers, M.L.A. (Secretary for Lands).
William McMillan, Esquire, M.L.A.
William John Lyne, Esquire, M.L.A.
The Honorable James Nixon Brunker, M.L.A. (Colonial Secretary).
The Honorable Richard Edward O'Connor, M.L.C., Q.C.
The Honorable Sir Joseph Palmer Abbott, K.C.M.G. (Speaker Legislative Assembly).
James Thomas Walker Esquire.
Bernhard Ringrose Wise Esquire.

South Australia.

The Honorable Charles Cameron Kingston, Q.C., M.P. (Premier).
The Honorable Frederick William Holder, M.P. (Treasurer).
The Honorable John Alexander Cockburn, M.D., M.P. (Minister of Education).
The Honorable Sir Richard Chaffey Baker, K.C.M.G. (President of the Legislative Council).
The Honorable John Hannah Gordon, M.L.C.
Josiah Henry Symon, Esquire, Q.C.
The Honorable Sir John William Downer, Q.C. K.C.M.G., M. P.
Patrick McMahon Glynn, Esquire, B.A., LL.B.
The Honorable James Henderson Howe.
Vaiben Louis Solomon, Esquire, M.P.


The Honorable Sir Philip Oakley Fysh, K.C.M.G., M.H.A. (Treasurer).
The Honorable Sir Edward Nicholas Coventry Braddon, K.C.M.G., M.H.A. (Premier).
The Honorable Henry Dobson, M.H.A.
The Honorable Neil Elliott Lewis, M.H.A.
The Honorable Nicholas John Brown, M.H.A.
The Honorable Charles Henry Grant, M.L.C.
The Honorable Adye Douglas (President Legislative Council).
The Honorable William Moore, M.L.C. (Chief Secretary).
Matthew John Clarke, Esquire, M.H.A.
The Honorable John Henry, M.H.A.


The Honorable Sir George Turner, K.C.M.G., M.L.A. (Premier).
John Quick, Esquire, LL.D.
The Honorable Alfred Deakin, M.L.A.
The Honorable Alexander James Peacock, M.L.A. (Chief Secretary).
The Honorable Isaac Alfred Isaacs, M.L.A. (Attorney-General).
William Arthur Trenwith, Esquire, M.L.A.
Sir Graham Berry, K.C.M.G. (Speaker Legislative Assembly).
The Honorable Simon Fraser, M.L.C.
The Honorable Sir William Austin Zeal, K.C.M.G. (President Legislative Council).
Henry Bournes Higgins, Esquire, M.L.A.

Western Australia.

The Honorable Sir John Forrest, K.C.M.G., M.L.A. (Premier. Colonial Secretary, and Colonial Treasurer).
The Honorable Sir James George Lee Steere, Knight (Speaker Legislative Assembly).
George Leake, Esquire, M.L.A.
The Honorable Frederick Henry Piesse, M.L.A. (Commissioner of Railways).
The Honorable John Winthrop Hackett, M.L.C.
William Thorley Loton, Esquire, M.L.A.
Walter Hartwell James, Esquire, M.L.A.
Albert Young Hassell, Esquire, M.L.A.
Robert Frederick Sholl, Esquire, M.L.A.
The Honorable John Howard Taylor, M.L.C.

NOTE: That both Queensland and New Zealand failed to send delegates to this Convention unlike the previous Australasian Federation Conventions in 1890 and 1891. The Queensland Parliament had not passed the necessary legislation to do so, but did send documents to be discussed on their behalf, including a motion to have Queensland split into three separate Geographic regions

NOTE: 4 pages of Delegates portraits and Biographies can be found in the: Illustrated Supplement to the Adelaide Observer. from the Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904) of Saturday 27 March 1897.

Federal Convention, Adelaide, South Australia, 1897. [B 12572] Photograph. Photographer: Terence McGann.

Group photograph of members of the Federal Convention held in Adelaide. Back row, left to right: V.L. Solomon (S.A.); E.G. Blackmore (clerk); P. McM. Glynn (S.A.); A.Y. Hassell (W.A.); G. Leake (W.A.); Hon. F.W. Holder (S.A.); H.B. Dobson (T); N.E. Lewis (T); Hon. J.H. Howe (S.A.); Hon. J.A. Cockburn (S.A.); Hon. F.H. Piesse (W.A.); W. James (W.A.); Hon. J. Howard Taylor (W.A.); Hon. A.J. Peacock (V); J.T. Walker (N.S.W.); J.H. Symon Q.C. (S.A.); H.B. Higgins (V). Middle row, left to right: Sir J.G. Lee-Steere (W.A.); Hon. C.H. Grant (T); W.T. Loton (W.A.); W. McMillan (N.S.W.); Hon. S. Fraser (V); Hon. I.A. Isaacs (V); Dr. J. Quick (V); Hon. A. Deakin (V); Hon. J.H. Carruthers (N.S.W.); Edmund Barton Q.C. (N.S.W.), Leader; Hon. J.N. Brunker (N.S.W.); Hon. R.E. O'Connor (N.S.W.); J. Henry (T); W.J. Lyne (N.S.W.); B.R. Wise (N.S.W.); Sir P.O. Fysh (T); Hon. J.H. Gordon (S.A.); R.F. Sholl (W.A.); Sir J.W. Downer Q.C. (S.A.); Hon. J.W. Hackett (W.A.). Front row, left to right: Sir J.P. Abbott (N.S.W.); Sir R.C. Baker (S.A.), Chairman of Committees; Sir G. Berry (V); Sir E.N. Braddon (T); Hon. G.H. Reid (N.S.W.); Hon. C.C. Kingston Q.C. (S.A.), President; Sir G. Turner (V); Sir J. Forrest (W.A.); Sir W.A. Zeal (V); Hon. A. Douglas (T); N.J. Brown (T).


  • Official Report of the National Australasian Convention Debates (First Session): Adelaide 1897. as hosted on the University of Sydney Library website. first accessed online on the 21st of January 202 at: https://adc.library.usyd.edu.au/data-2/fed0055.pdf (the Source Text being: Official Report of the National Australasian Convention Debates, Adelaide 1897. South Australia by C. E. Bristow, Government Printer. Adelaide. 1897.)
  • Federal Convention, Adelaide, South Australia, 1897. [B 12572] Photograph. Photographer: McGann, Terence. as hosted on the State Library of South Australia website. first accessed 23rd of January 2021at: https://collections.slsa.sa.gov.au/resource/B+12572

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