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Plaque at Gisborne as part of the Macedon Ranges Federation Trail commemorates the centenary of Federation of the Australian Commonwealth in 1901.
The Federation of Australia was the process by which the six separate British self-governing colonies of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, and Western Australia formed one nation. They kept the systems of government that they had developed as separate colonies but also would have a federal government that was responsible for matters concerning the whole nation. When the Constitution of Australia came into force, on 1 January 1901, the colonies collectively became states of the Commonwealth of Australia.
|Address:||Aitken Street, Gisborne, 3437|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -37.487703|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Approx. Event Start Date:||1901|
|Approx. Event End Date:||2001|
|Approx. Monument Dedication Date:||2001|
Macedon Ranges Shire Council
Centenary of Federation 2001
Macedon Ranges Federation Trail
Settlement of this district began in 1836, with the arrival of John Aitken and Henry Howey. The Bush Inn was built in 1840 and in 1851 the township was surveyed and named in honour of Henry Fyfe Gisborne, a former Commissioner of Crown Lands. Discovery of gold at Mt Alexander brought many travellers through the town. With the opening of the railway in 1851, Gisborne became the centre of the pastoral district . In 2001, growth of industry and commerce has created a vibrant community, enjoying quality recreational , commercial and support services, yet retaining historic, tranquil and leafy surroundings.