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Media Release

The Hon Peter McGauran, MP

Minister for the Arts and the Centenary of Federation



Federation history and education

Our knowledge and understanding of Australia's 100th birthday will be enriched by 33 Centenary of Federation projects announced today.

$1.7 million has been allocated to the projects under the third and final grant round of the National Council for the Centenary of Federation's History and Education Program.

'The 33 projects will increase our knowledge and appreciation of Australia's development as a nation since 1901,' the Federal Minister for the Centenary of Federation, Peter McGauran, said.

In total more than 100 projects have been supported by the National Council's $10 million History and Education program, all of them scheduled to be completed before or during the centenary year in 2001.

'Congratulations to the winners of this grant round. These diverse projects will leave unique and lasting legacies for future generations,' Mr McGauran said.

'Through exhibitions, television and radio productions, online works, and educational material Australians will enjoy and learn about the many fascinating stories of our nationhood,' he said.

'Australians are deeply proud of their country. When they're given a taste of the story of Federation, they become enthusiastic and are eager to know more,' Mr McGauran said.

'In 1901 there was an enormous sense of unity and national pride. The 100th anniversary of Federation in 2001 is a rare opportunity for Australians to again share that spirit. Through these projects, and the other planned activities and celebrations, we can all play a part in making this milestone one to remember,' he said.

The full list of the grants is available from the Council's website at .

Media contact: 

Jane Henschke 02 6277 7350

17 December 1999



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