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On October 24, 1889, Sir Henry Parkes, known as the most prominent of Australia's founding fathers, gave a speech at the Tenterfield School of Arts in New South Wales. In his speech, Parkes appealed for the calling of a constitutional convention, the first step on the road to establishing a federation comprising all of the Australian states. Though he would not see it come to fruition, Parkes's efforts would ultimately culminate in the formal creation of the Australian Commonwealth in 1901. For the people of Australia today, Tenterfield is still known as "The Birthplace of Our Nation."
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