National Archives of Australia

Queen Elizabeth II signs the Proclamation of the Australia Act (Cth)

Page(s): 1  
Title: Queen Elizabeth II signs the Proclamation of the Australia Act (Cth)
Date: 1986
Notes: See the Australia Act 1986 (Cth) and the transcript
Keywords: Acts of Parliament, constitutions, monarchy, prime ministers, Australia Act, Bob Hawke
Record creator: Australian Information Service, Canberra
Reference: A8746, KN18/3/86/33

Queen Elizabeth II signs her Assent to the Australia Act on 2 March 1986 at Government House


Learning content

This colour photograph shows Queen Elizabeth II seated at a table in Government House, Canberra, signing the Proclamation of the Australia Act (Cth) on 2 March 1986. The then Australian Prime Minister, RJ 'Bob' Hawke, and David Reid, secretary to the executive council, stand to her right and watch the signing. In the background is prime ministerial wife Hazel Hawke. The Queen wears a brightly coloured summer dress and gloves, the right one removed for signing. Her handbag is propped behind her on the chair.

Educational value

Learning content partnership

This learning content – description and educational value statement – co-created by National Digital Learning Resource Network and National Archives of Australia.

© Education Services Australia Ltd and National Archives of Australia, 2007-10