This next post in our series on Centennial Park complements our previous posts related to the Federation ceremony held in the park on the 1st of January 1901 to mark the inauguration of the Commonwealth of Australia.
This is the previously mentioned Federation stone (or Commonwealth Stone) where it sits today as the centrepiece within the new Federation Pavilion.
While still the original stone, it has now been fitted with a marble hexagon stone cap. If you weren’t good at maths at school, a hexagon has 6 sides and in this case has engraved each of the six British colonies of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia that united to form the Commonwealth of Australia. The stone symbolises the unification of the states and territories that occurred on that famous day.
This photo also shows some of the decorative features of the new pavilion including its symbolic artwork and marble laid interior.
For more information on the Federation stone and the role it played in the Federation ceremony in 1901 please refer to our previous post on the New Federation Pavilion.
Note: I try to be as accurate as possible but make no guarantees. Please use this information at your own risk.
“The People’s Park: Centennial Park – A History” book by Paul Ashton, Kate Blackmore and Armanda Scorrano