7. The road to self-government
Prior to 1911, Territory residents, although small in number (the Territory's population was only 1921),148 were part of the NSW electoral system and could vote in state and federal elections. With the establishment of the Federal Capital Territory in 1911, however, this right was lost and Territory residents were deprived of political representation. A similar situation existed in the Northern Territory following its acquisition by the Commonwealth, also in 1911.