Federation: the West Australian between empire and nation
Central Queensland University
Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences
School of Communications and Multimedia
When approaching the topic of The West Australian and Federation the guiding question was: ‘Did The West Australian change character when Western Australia voted to be come part of the Commonwealth of Australia?’ The word ‘character’ was selected deliberately, because it is used in two ways. On one hand it is employed to find out where The West Australian placed its emotional ties, and on the other it is used to look at the paper’s organizational aspects, and see whether and when shifts occurred.