$5 Polymer Banknote
Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II was born in London on21st of April 1926. When her father died in 1952, Elizabeth became Head of the Commonwealth and queen regnant of seven independent Commonwealth countries.
|Parliament House and old Parliament House
Parliament House was designed by Mitchell/Giurgola Architects and opened on 9 May 1988.At the time of the construction, it was the most expensive building in the world at more than A$1.1 billion. Federal Parliament meetings were first held in Melbourne until 1927. Prior to 1988, the Parliament of Australia met in the Provisional Parliament House, which is now known as Old Parliament House.
|Catherine Helen Spence
Catherine Helen Spence was born on the 31st of October 1825 near Melrose, Scotland. She was the leading woman in public affairs at the turn of the century in Australia. She was in the vanguard of first-wave feminism seeking equality of opportunity for women in this country. From the pulpit to the platform, she championed the rights of women, lobbied for greater child welfare provision, and argued for a more democratic electoral system.
|Sir Henry Parkes
Sir Henry Parkes was born on the 27th of May 1815 in Warwickshire, England. He played a major role in the cessation of transportation of convicts to Australia. He became a strong supporter of land and educational reform, free trade and immigration. It needs to be pointed out that politicians were not pad for their role in this era of time in Australia. Parkes introduced the Public Schools Act in 1866, giving power to train, appoint and dismiss teachers, the Hospital Act providing Government inspection, supervision and appointment of trained nurses to Hospitals.