ON Federation Day, January, 1, 1901, when the Commonwealth of Australia was created uniting all six colonies, the Hamilton Borough Council got the sack – quite literally.
The people of Hamilton, Victoria, were apparently more than a little upset by the fact that there was little display in the town to mark the grand occasion of the Federation of Australia’s states into an Australian Commonwealth.
One smart-aleck decided to do something about this lack of care and attention to duty – he ran a sack up the flagpole outside the town hall which was then located in Gray Street next to the Hamilton Post Office.
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