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A Draft Constitution

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The Legislative Council voted in favour of a change to self-government in 1887.  A new Constitution was drafted by Governor Broome and sent to London for approval.



The Executive Council 1988 

WA Bulletin
The Executive Council 1888
Governor Broome is seated at the middle, while John Forrest, a government official at the time stands behind him.  During his six years in government Broome had almost constant clashes with senior officials.  He was also known for his personal support of calls for self-government.
WA Bulletin, 5 May 1888
Cartoons such as these were 'digs' at Governor Broome's perceived mismanagement of the colony.  They promoted the belief that self government would alleviate the Colony's financial woes.
Legislative MembersCartoon 1887
​Legislative Members who debated self government 1885-1888.
This photograph of the Legislative Council, shows the elected and nominated members who debated the Constitutional Bill for self government.  The Speaker, Sir James G Lee Steere is shown at the Centre.
Possum, 17 December 1887
Throughout the 1880s, Broome had become increasingly unpopular with the colonists for his perceived 'mismanagement' of government.  In this cartoon, his desire to escape while the West Australan newspaper stands with arrows in hand, vigilantly guarding the Governor.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Government of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.