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The drafting committee for the Australian Constitution Bill in Adelaide in 1897. Left to right: John Downer, Edmund Barton and Richard O’Connor.

The drafting committee for the Australian Constitution Bill in Adelaide in 1897. Left to right: John Downer, Edmund Barton and Richard O’Connor.


NAA: A1200, L16929

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