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For Peace, Order and Good Government: The first Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia
Early proposals
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Drafting a constitution
Declaration of the Commonwealth
Conducting the first Federal election
Who could vote?
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9 May 1901
The royal visit
The first federal parliamentarians
Ministry of May, 1901
Edmund Barton
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Members of the First Parliament

James Styles

James Styles (1841-1913)

Senator for Victoria 1901-1906

James Styles was born in Croydon, Surrey, England and migrated to Melbourne as a child with his family in 1849. Styles was an engineer and contractor, spending much of his time working for colonial railways. As a member of the Williamstown Municipal Council, Styles was heavily involved with public works. He was a member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly 1894-1900.

At the first federal election held in 1901 Styles was elected as a Protectionist to represent Victoria in the Senate. He was defeated at the 1906 election, having served on several select committees and royal commissions. Styles was sympathetic to the Labor Party during his term in the Senate.

Styles was plagued by ill health and after his defeat in the elections of 1906 he withdrew from public life.

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