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Memento : Issue 16
January 2001 Number 16 This year Australia celebrates a special anniversary -- the Centenary of Federation! Our 100th birthday as a nation coincides with the first year of a new millennium. And the celebrations will last all year long -- from the arrival on the east coast of the 'New Dawn' message from Uluru on 1 January, to the closing events around the country in December. At the National Archives, we've been planning our birthday gifts to the nation for several years. In 1998 we launched the guide to Federation records in collections around Australia as well as the One Destiny! CD-ROM, and last year we produced a teachers kit on Federation titled 1901 and All That and a special website on Australia's key constitutional documents called Documenting a Democracy (www.foundingdocs.gov.au). But we saved the best presents for last -- a national touring exhibition called Belonging that explores Australians' connections to place and community from Federation until today, and a magnificent new Federation Gallery in Canberra featuring the 'birth certificates' of our nation (see stories on pages 2--3). Later this year we will also be publishing a book on the development of Walter Burley Griffin's plans for the national capital over the century. Through our Federation projects we are opening the doors to a collection that has been called 'the national memory', to tell the story of the nation's first century. Archives celebrates 100 years of Federation The invitation to the inaugural celebrations in Centennial Park, 1 January 1901, showed the new nation and the States as allegorical maidens sailing into the dawn of a new era. NAA: PP608 continued on p. 2