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Around the Commonwealth by aeroplane [game]
Title : Around the Commonwealth by aeroplane [game] Around the Commonwealth by aeroplane [game]
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Place Of Creation : [Melbourne]
Publisher : National Game Co.
Date of creation : [ca. 1910]
Additional Creator : National Game Co
Format : Game
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Description :

Folding board game for up to 4 players, based on a map of a journey around Australia by aeroplane (bi-plane). Geographically historical named areas include: Northern Territory of South Australia, British New Guinea (Papua) and an area marked for the Federal Capital.

Numerous nationalistic games were produced in the decade following inauguration of the Commonwealth. On board game Around the Commonwealth by aeroplane the Northern Territory and South Australia are presented as one entity, as existed at the time of Federation in 1901.

The governance of these northern Australia lands from the western border of Queensland to the eastern border of Western Australia was transferred from New South Wales to the colony of South Australia in 1863. South Australia administered the Northern Territory until 1911 when it was transferred to Commonwealth control.

Period : 1884-1913
Further reading :

Atherton, Cynthia M. The Northern Territory - South Australian 'white elephant'/Commonwealth prize: perception and reality in the federation era, Darwin: State Library of the Northern Territory, 1991

Donovan, PF. A land full of possibilities: a history of South Australia's Northern Territory, St. Lucia, Qld: University of Queensland Press, 1981

Holden, Robert. Race to the finish: an exhibition of Australian children's board games from colonial times to the present day, Manly, N.S.W. : Manly Art Gallery & Museum, 1986

Internet links :
Documenting a democracy (National Archives of Australia)



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