Democracy Timeline

Explore the history of Australian and global democracy with this easy to use timeline.

2017

2016

  • United Kingdom withdraw from the European Union
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  • The Gender Identity and Equity Bill removed discriminatory language in South Australia.
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2015

2014

2013

  • Constitutional Ammendment Recognised the First Peoples of South Australia
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2012

2010

2009

2008

2003

2000

1999

1994

1992

1991

1990

1989

1988

1986

1984

1983

  • Compulsory enrolment and voting for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders was introduced.
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  • First Female Lord Mayor of Adelaide
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  • First South Australian born Prime Minister
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1982

1981

1979

1978

1976

1975

1974

  • A national referendum was held to decide Australia’s National Anthem.
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1973

  • Federal participation age was lowered from 21 to 18 years.
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  • All adults were enabled to vote and stand for the Legislative Council.
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1972

1971

1970

1969

1968

1967

1966

1965

1964

  • The first female mayors elected in South Australian councils.
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  • The Menzies Government introduced compulsory military service.
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1963

1962

1960

1959

  • The first woman elected into Legislative Council and the first woman to be elected into the House of Assembly.
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1955

1951

1950

1948

1945

1944

1943

  • First female member of the Commonwealth Parliament and Australia’s first female senator.
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1940

  • Legislative Council franchise extended to those who served overseas during the war.
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1939

1938

1931

1928

  • Women over 21 in the United Kingdom won the right to vote.
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1927

1924

  • Compulsory voting in Federal elections was introduced.
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  • First politically organised, united Aboriginal activist group.
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1921

  • First woman to be elected into an Australian parliament.
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1920

1919

1918

  • British Representation of the People Act
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  • Soldiers, sailors and nurses were given the vote for South Australia’s Legislative Council.
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1917

1916

  • Referendum for the Conscription of Medically Sound Men
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1915

  • Referendum on the closing time of South Australian bars and hotels.
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1914

1911

1910

1909

1908

1905

1903

1902

  • The right to vote at the Federal level was extended to all adults.
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  • New South Wales women were given the right to vote.
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1901

1899

1898

1897

1896

1894

  • South Australia granted women the right to vote and to stand for parliament.
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1893

1891

1890

1889

1888

1887

1886

1884

1882

1876

1873

  • Eight hour work day was established in South Australia.
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1870

1868

1865

1863

1861

  • Voting rights were given to ‘every person of full age’ in South Australia.
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1859

1857

1856

1855

1853

1851

1850

1848

1840

1839

1837

1836

1835

1834

1832

1830

1829

  • British sovereignty was extended to the whole of Australia.
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  • Captain Charles Fremantle claimed the Swan River Colony.
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1828

1825

1802

  • Formal Possession of Port Phillip Bay by the United Kingdom.
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1789

1788

  • New South Wales was established as the first British Settlement in Australia.
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1787

1550 BCE

  • Greek City-State of Athens Established Democratic Rule
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50000 BCE

60000 BCE

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Occupied Australia
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