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For Peace, Order and Good Government: The first Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia
Early proposals
Six colonies
Drafting a constitution
Declaration of the Commonwealth
Conducting the first Federal election
Who could vote?
The election campaign
9 May 1901
The royal visit
The first federal parliamentarians
Ministry of May, 1901
Edmund Barton
Political parties
Legislative program
Relationship between the houses

Members of the First Parliament

William Hartnoll

William Hartnoll (1841-1932)

Member for Tasmania 1902-1903

William Hartnoll, auctioneer and farmer, was born in Longford, Van Diemen’s Land, (Tasmania) and was educated in Launceston and England. Hartnoll was a member of the Tasmanian House of Assembly for South Launceston 1884-97 and for Launceston 1897-1902. He was Minister for Lands and Works 1892-94.

In 1901 Hartnoll unsuccessfully contested the first federal election as a Freetrader to represent Tasmania in the House of Representatives. In March 1902 he successfully contested a by-election to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Frederick Piesse. Hartnoll was defeated at the 1903 election.

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