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Memento : Issue 16
We hold Edmund Barton's 1897 notebook with changes to the draft Constitution in red ink, and the beautiful parchment signed by Queen Victoria on 9 July 1900 that made our Constitution law. The grand days of Federation come alive again in the photographs of the men and women who founded our nation, and in the beautiful invitations to the banquets, suppers and ceremonies that started in Sydney on 1 January 1901 and then started all over again on 9 May in Melbourne for the opening of Australia's first Parliament. Our collection also contains the oaths of office of the first Governor-General, and photographs of the ceremonial opening of Parliament in Melbourne's Exhibition Building in 1901. Our priceless collection of glass plate negatives from the 1920s and '30s records the beginnings of the national capital and the opening of Canberra's first Parliament House. We can show you the original trademarks for Federation Tea and Commonwealth Tomato Sauce, and photos of William Farrer 's disease-free Federation wheat. And we also have photos of the eight members of our first Prime Minister 's first Ministry, the first three judges of Australia's High Court in their new robes in 1903, and our 23 Governors-General and 25 Prime Ministers. All of these treasures and more are held in our collection, and many of them feature in our Federation gifts to the nation. Join the Centenary of Federation celebrations and look back at what was achieved a century ago, reflect on what has been achieved since, and imagine what can be achieved in the coming century. This year will be a very special time for the National Archives, and for the nation, as we unveil Australia's key founding documents -- our national 'birth certificates'. The documents will be showcased in a permanent exhibition, Charters of Our Nation, in our new Federation Gallery in Canberra, opening in January. The exhibition brings together, for the first time, seven key documents in Australia's history. Visitors will see the original parchment document signed by Queen Victoria, the Royal Commission of Assent, that brought the new nation into being, and the Australian Constitution, the backbone of our democratic system of government. The gallery has been specially designed to allow all to see the documents while protecting them for future generations. Materials used in the gallery design reflect Australia's rich landscape and cultural identity. In our Treasures Gallery visitors can enjoy other stories of Federation told through precious historic documents, photographs, seals and the original drawing of Australia's coat of arms. To view the documents that have shaped the nation, and to learn more about the stories behind them, visit our fascinating Federation exhibition in Canberra from January 2001. The aeroplane offered a new way of imagining the Australian Commonwealth. This board game, registered for copyright in 1911, is held in the Archives copyright collection. 2 memento january 2001 NAA: A1861, 2371 Australia's first Prime Minister, Edmund Barton, members of his Cabinet and Governor-General Lord Tennyson. From left to right: (seated) Sir William Lyne, Edmund Barton, Lord Tennyson, Alfred Deakin, Sir George Turner; (standing) JG Drake, Senator Richard O'Connor, Sir Phillip Fysh, Charles Kingston, Sir John Forrest. NAA: A1200, L13365 Original charters on show! More information is available in the brochure enclosed with this issue of Memento. Our Federation collection