The celebrated scientist, Charles Darwin, observed in 1836:
“When I arrived in Sydney, I felt proud to be an Englishman. We have achieved more in decades here than what those who colonised South America have achieved in as many centuries.”
Legislation to introduce self government and Parliamentary Democracy in New South Wales and Victoria was approved by the British government before the Eureka Stockade, which is often misrepresented as the source of Australian democracy.
The legislation was passed in 1855 and gradually extended to the other colonies. Parliamentary democracy is in fact the fifth pillar of our nation.