Centenary Medallions celebrate Canberra's oldest citizens

Released 24/01/2013

ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher today presented exclusive Centenary Medallions to 26 of Canberra's citizens who are aged 99, 100 or more.

The special medallion acknowledges the significant birthday milestone they share this year with the nation's capital.

"Sharing a birthday with Canberra is certainly an occasion worth celebrating, especially if you have grown up with the city and taken part in the successes of our capital's first century," the Chief Minister said.

The ACT Government has located 42 local senior citizens who are 100 or over, or will be turning 100 this year, with 26 attending the presentation ceremony held at the Canberra Business and Events Centre at Regatta Point.

"Presenting Canberra's most senior of citizens with this medallion is a fitting acknowledgement of their contribution to our capital, and gives them and their families a wonderful keepsake.

"I am grateful to former Governor-General and Centenary of Canberra Patron, Sir William Deane, for the idea, and I hope that the recipients will enjoy this special memento that acknowledges their long and fruitful lives," the Chief Minister concluded.

The silver and gold medallions, made by a Perth minting company, feature Parliament House and the Foundation Stone, and are inscribed 'Canberra Centenary Medal 1913-2013'.

For more information on the Centenary of Canberra, visit www.canberra100.com.au.

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