Our last two posts explored the 1901 Federation procession from the city to Centennial Park. This post marks the entrance for the procession to the park through the elaborate sandstone gates.
These are the Paddington Gates which mark the entrance to Centennial Park from Oxford Street and were built for Centennial Park’s official dedication in 1888. But there are eight sets of similar style gates marking entrances at various points around the park, all built between 1887 and 1900. They are some of the only remaining structures left in the park from its early days.
We chose these gates in particular since they were used as the entrance for the opening ceremony of the park in 1888. While in 1901 they were highly decorated with an elaborate floral display for the Federation procession described in our previous posts. This display was also recreated in December 2000 for the Centenary of Federation celebrations (1st of January 2001). There are some beautiful photographs of both sets of displays which we’d recommend taking a look at if it’s of interest. These can be viewed via the link to the Centennial Park Blog (restoring Paddington gates) in our sources section below.
Our next post will profile what’s left of the original pavilion that was used as the centrepiece for the Federation ceremony. But it is not in Centennial Park anymore. Can you guess where it is today?
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