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Centenary Medal
Australian centenary medal .jpg

Centenary Medal (Australia) ribbon.png
Medal and ribbon
Awarded by Australia
Type Medal
Awarded for citizens and other people who made a contribution to Australian society or government
Status closed, but persons satisfying the "centenarian" criteria may still qualify
Statistics
Established 14 February 2001
Total awarded 15,841
Precedence
Next (higher) Australian Sports Medal
Next (lower) Defence Force Service Medal

The Centenary Medal is an award created by the Australian Government in 2001.[1] It was established to commemorate the Federation of Australia and to honour people who have made a contribution to Australian society or government. Nominations were assessed by a panel chaired by the historian Professor Geoffrey Blainey.[1]

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Design

Award

The obverse of the medal features a seven-pointed Commonwealth Star representing the six Australian states, with the seventh point representing Australia's territories. At the centre of the star is an Indigenous styling of Aboriginal traditions at the heart of the continent.[1] Around the rim are 100 dots depicting 100 years of federation. The reverse features a seven pointed star, with the words "For Contribution Made to Australian Society" around the rim.[1]

Bar and Ribbon

The colours in the ribbon are crimson, which represents federation, and blue and gold for the beginning of the 21st Century. The seven gold and red lines signify the states' pathways to federation.[1] The bar and ribbon are the same so that a recipient can be identified as such.[1]

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Centenary Medal


Ribbon
Awarded by Australia
Type Medal
Awarded for People who made a contribution to Australian society or government
Status The award is now closed, but people who meet the "centenarian" guidelines may still qualify
Statistics
Established 14 February 2001
Total awarded 15,841
Precedence
Next (higher) Australian Sports Medal
Next (lower) Defence Force Service Medal

The Centenary Medal is an award given by the Australian Government in 2001.[1] It was set up to celebrate the Centenary of Federation of Australia and to honour people who have made a contribution to Australian society or government. Possible winners were studied by a group headed by the historian Professor Geoffrey Blainey.[1]

Contents

Design

Award

The front of the medal has a seven-pointed Commonwealth Star, for the six Australian states, with the seventh point for Australia's territories. At the centre of the star is an an image showing the Indigenous Australian traditions at the heart of the continent.[1] Around the edge are 100 dots for 100 years of federation. The other side has a seven pointed star, with the words "For Contribution Made to Australian Society" around the edge.[1]

Bar and Ribbon

The colours in the ribbon are crimson, which represents federation, and blue and gold for the beginning of the 21st Century. The seven gold and red lines signify the states' pathways to federation.[1] The bar and ribbon are the same so that a person with the award can be recognized easily.[1]

Some medal winners

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