Our last few posts have been about the Federation Procession to Centennial Park on the 1st of January 1901 where 60,000 people witnessed the proclamation of the Commonwealth of Australia. This photo is of what’s left of the original Federation Pavilion which is now located in Cabarita Park.
This is the original structure of the pavilion which supported the decorative layers made of ornamental plaster included castings of native flora and the imperial coat of arms. Inside sat the Federation stone on an obelisk which symbolised the coming together of the states and territories (we’ll post on this separately).
Unfortunately the plaster was not built to last and quickly started to disintegrate. By 1903 it was decided to sell the pavilion, the Council of Concord paid 60 pounds and moved what was left to Cabarita Park.
The significance of what took place under this Pavilion in 1901 was huge. This was the moment that the six British colonies of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia united to form the Commonwealth of Australia. It was also where the first Governor General, Lord Hopetoun and the first Prime Minister, Edmund Barton, along with his first cabinet were sworn in.
As an interesting related fact, did you know that Fiji and New Zealand were also originally part of the Federation discussions but elected not to join? They could have been part of Australia today!
Do you know what the federation stone is? Or the significance of the words “Mammon or Mellennial Eden” are? Please stay tuned for our next post on the new Federation Pavilion located in Centennial Park.
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