Centenary Medal

Centenary Medal

Infobox Military Award
name=Centenary Medal

caption=Medal and ribbon
type= Medal
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
established=14 February2001
total= 15,841
higher= Australian Sports Medal
lower= Defence Force Service Medal


The Centenary Medal is an award created by the Australian Government in 2001.cite web |url=http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/honours/awards/medals/centenary_medal.cfm |title= It's an Honour - Centenary Medal |accessdaymonth=28 January |accessyear=2008 |language= English] It was established to commemorate the Centenary of 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.



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. 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.

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. The bar and ribbon are the same so that a recipient can be identified as such.


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