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5.1 Introduction

<p><em>Swearing Allegiance to the Southern Cross</em>, Charles A Doudiet, 1 December 1854,&nbsp;watercolour</p>

Art Gallery of Ballarat

<p><em>Swearing Allegiance to the Southern Cross</em>, Charles A Doudiet, 1 December 1854,&nbsp;watercolour</p>

Chartism is the movement that developed in Britain in the nineteenth century seeking a reform of the political system to ensure responsible government — that is, government which is formed by and accountable to the voters. Its idea involved reforms to broaden who could vote, how parliaments were to be elected, and who could sit in parliament.

Complete these investigations to explore aspects of Chartism in Australia.

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