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Inauguration of the Commonwealth at Centennial Park, Sydney on 1 January 1901.

Inauguration of the Commonwealth at Centennial Park, Sydney on 1 January 1901.


NAA: A1200, L83907

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22 Nov 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games
22 Nov 1958 23rd federal election
24 Nov 2007 42nd federal election – House of Representatives and 40 Senate seats
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"The arrogant Menzies of 1939–41, physically imposing, superficially impressive, a brilliant speechmaker ... in 1949–66 [was] different, more mature, shrewder."

Alan Reid, 1980