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Archbishop Peter Hollingworth Appointed Governor-General: Palace Announcement

The Prime Minister, John Howard, has announced that Archbishop Peter Hollingworth has been appointed Governor-General.

This is the text of the official announcement from the Press Secretary to the Queen.



The Queen, on the recommendation of the Prime Minister of Australia, has been pleased to approve the appointment of the Most Reverend Peter Hollingworth AO, OBE, as the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia. Archbishop Hollingworth will serve in succession to the Honourable Sir William Deane and will assume office on Friday, June 29 2001. [Read more…]

Sir William Deane: Centenary Of Federation Speech

This is the text of the speech delivered by the Governor-General, Sir William Deane, at Centennial Park in Sydney for the Centenary of Federation ceremony.

Sir William DeaneThe opening words of the national anthem we have just sung tell us to rejoice.

And so we should. For we have much to celebrate as we recall the coming together, exactly one hundred years ago today, of the six Australian colonies to “be one people”.

We all remember our gratitude and pride in Australia during the recent Olympic and Paralympic Games. We bring that same grateful pride to this celebration of our nation’s 100th birthday. [Read more…]

Sir William Deane: Centenary Of Federation Speech

This is the speech delivered by the Governor-General, Sir William Deane, to commemorate the Centenary of the Proclamation of Federation.

The Governor-General read a message from the Queen and initiated the celebrations of Australia’s Centenary of Federation, at a ceremony in Centennial Park, Sydney.

  • Listen to Sir William Deane’s speech (6m)

Sir William DeaneWe come together to Centennial Park to commemorate the proclamation of our Federation, at this place, one hundred years ago.

Together, we represent all Australians, across all States and Territories.

We also represent, as their heirs and beneficiaries, the four million people of the six Australian colonies who, “relying on the blessing of Almighty God”, came together as the Commonwealth of Australia on the First of January 1901. [Read more…]

Federation Commemoration Underway In Sydney

Federation celebrations are underway today in Sydney.

At Centennial Park, the scene of the Federation Proclamation in 1901, all State Premiers and Governors have joined with the Prime Minister, Opposition Leader and Governor-General to sign a commemorative document and unveil plaques.

The Governor-General, Sir William Deane, addressed the gathering and read a message from Australia’s Head of State, Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain.

Deane used the opportunity to again press the cause of reconciliation with Australia’s indigenous population. He referred to the provisions in the 1901 Constitution which denied citizenship and basic human rights to Aborigines, and called for 2001 to be a year of continuing efforts to promote reconciliation. [Read more…]