It is interesting to note that the names listed as candidates in this voting machine were instrumental in the success of the Australian Federation Movement and the Commonwealth Parliament inaugurated in 1901. Edmund Barton and Alfred Deakin together with George Turner and John Forrest were the founding fathers of Federation and each served in the earliest Commonwealth parliaments
Edmund Barton was Australia's first prime minister and when he retired to the High Court in 1903 Alfred Deakin succeeded him as prime minister. George Turner was Australia's first treasurer and delivered the first four Commonwealth budgets. John Forrest, famous as an explorer and Western Australia's first premier was able to secure his states support of the Commonwealth bill in the referenda campaigns of 1898-99. He was a member of the Federal parliament from its inception until 1918.