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Antique 1901 Australian Federation Cachepot

Antique 1901 Australian Federation Cachepot

$250.00

"Australia is born: The Australian nation is a fact … Now is accomplished the dream of a continent for a people and a people for a continent. No longer shall there exist those artificial barriers which have divided brother from brother. We are one people – with one destiny." ~ The Brisbane Courier, September 4, 1899.

Produced in 1901 to commemorate the founding of Australia, we are pleased to present this gorgeous and rare cachepot. Beautifully transferware decorated with lush details and historic figures central to Australia's federation, the piece includes images of Queen Victoria as well as Australia's "Father of the Federation", Henry Parkes and the country's first prime minister, Edmond Barton.

Produced by the famed Doulton potters of Burslem, England, this storied piece is sure to take pride of place in your home.


Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. Measures 4.75" x 5" in diameter. In very good antique condition with one small rim chip as shown in the alternate images.

Learn More About the Federation of Australia

Australia became a nation on January 1, 1901 when 6 British colonies—New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania—united to form the Commonwealth of Australia. This process is known as federation.

For at least 50,000 years prior, Aboriginal people had lived on the land and practiced their traditional culture and language. From the late 1700s, however, British colonies were also established. By the late 1800s, these colonies had their own parliaments but were still subject to the law-making power of the British Parliament.

The colonies were almost like 6 separate countries; for example, each had its own government and laws, its own defense force, issued its own stamps and collected tariffs on goods that crossed its borders. The colonies had even built railways using different gauges, which complicated the transport of people and goods across the continent.

By the 1880s the inefficiency of this system, a growing unity among colonists and a belief that a national government was needed to deal with issues such as trade, defense and immigration saw popular support for federation grow.

Colonists mostly shared a common language, culture and heritage, and increasingly began to identify as Australian rather than British. By the time of the Australian Federation in 1901, over 75% of the population were Australian-born. Many people moved between the colonies to find work and sporting teams had begun to represent 'Australia'. In 1899 soldiers from the colonies who went to the Boer War in South Africa served together as Australians. Contemporary songs and poems also celebrated Australia and Australians.

The Commonwealth of Australia was officially declared on January 1, 1901 at a ceremony held in Centennial Park in Sydney. Many Australians welcomed nationhood. Up to 500,000 people lined the route of the federation parade as it travelled through the city and about 100,000 spectators witnessed the ceremony.

Across Australia people celebrated with parades, processions, school pageants, firework displays, sporting events and special dinners. Elaborate federation arches decorated main streets and buildings were lit up at night. In Sydney, the celebrations continued for a full week.

The enthusiasm with which Australians greeted federation more than demonstrated the nation was eager and ready to finally unite as "one people".

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