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01 January 2001
1/2001
Commemorative Issue

Centenary of Federation

Australia
This issue continues the series begun with the Towards Federation stamp issue (May 2000). Now we focus on events surrounding the inauguration of the new Commonwealth of Australia. The historical images used convey a sense of the occasion and include photographs of the events, invitations to events and official documents.

Federation Arch  

Federation Arch

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This stamp shows the inauguration parade passing through the Wheat Arch and down Bridge Street in Sydney. The foreground image is a detail from an official programmecover. (Both images are from the Image Library, State Library of NSW.)

Edmund Barton  

Edmund Barton

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This stamp shows the first Prime Minister, Edmund Barton (later Sir Edmund Barton) taking the oath in the pavilion of Centennial Park.

The background shows the pavilion and crowds. (All images from the National Library of Australia).

The document PROCLAMATION covers the top of the stamp. (Image Library, State Library of NSW)

National Celebrations  

National Celebrations

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This stamp shows detail from official programme covers (Image Library, State Library of NSW).

The words

State Banquet  

State Banquet

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This stamp shows the cover of the invitation to a State Banquet held in Sydney Town Hall.

The background features a photograph of the banquet itself.. (Cover from the Image Library, State Library of NSW; Photograph from the National Library of Australia).

Technical Information

Issue date ..............................1 January 2001
Denomination ........................Two x 49c, two x $2.00
Designer ................................Asprey Di Donato Design, Melbourne
Printer (all)..............................SNP Ausprint
Printing process ....................Lithography
Paper (gummed) ....................De La Rue
Paper (self-adhesive, booklet) JAC - B90
Sizes (stamps) /Perforations (all)
Two x 49c ............................26 x 37.5 mm/14.6 x 13.86
Two x $2.00 ..........................30 x 50 mm/14 x 14.4
Size, miniature sheet ..............73 x 166 mm
Sheet layout stamps ..............Modules of 50, two panes of 25
National postmark ..................Sydney NSW 2000
copyright notice: This material has been reproduced with permission of the Australian Postal Corporation. The original work is held in the National Philatelic Collection.
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