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Proclamation Day was celebrated throughout the Colony

Proclamation Day was celebrated throughout the Colony; streets were lined with decorations, and events including sports, picnics and, in Perth itself, a 'Monster Tea'. At night fireworks and balls were staged. For many years after 1890 a public holiday known as Proclamation Day was celebrated on 21 October each year and in recent years ceremonies have been arranged on 21 October to commemorate the establishment of the State's Constitution. The first elections for the new Legislative Assembly were held in late November and early December 1890, and on 29 December the first Ministry was sworn in, with John Forrest as the Colony's first Premier. The new Parliament met for the first time on the following day.