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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
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Relationship between the houses

Members of the First Parliament

James Charles Stewart

James Charles Stewart (1850-1931)

Senator for Queensland 1901-1917

James Stewart was born in Grantown-on-Spey, Scotland. He worked as a clerk in a solicitor’s office and later conducted business as a coal merchant in Glasgow. He arrived in Rockhampton, Queensland in 1888. Stewart was a member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly 1896-1901.

Stewart was one of three Labor members to be elected to represent Queensland in the Senate at the first federal election. He held several senior Labor Party positions in the Senate, including Labor Party Whip 1901-1905.

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