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In May 2000 Deakin University embarked on a project to celebrate Alfred Deakin's contribution to the Federation of Australia by producing a high quality travelling exhibition and an interactive CDROM.
The Alfred Deakin : the Voice of Federation project was part of a national program of Federation events which were show-cased throughout Victoria during 2001. The project was made possible by the generous funding provided by the National Council for the Centenary of Federation.
The exhibition was originally presented in 12 locations including schools, museums, art galleries and community centres from Mildura to Bairnsdale and interstate.
Mr Harold Mitchell, Chairman of the Melbourne International Festival of the Arts and Centenary of Federation Committee member, officially opened the display at the Gold Treasury Museum in Melbourne on 10 April, 2001.
The exhibition aims to promote a much wider knowledge of Alfred Deakin to the general public and school students. Travelling along the timeframe of events leading to Federation and beyond, it highlights the role he played in developing the political, economic and social fabric of Australia. Four main themes, the story of the man, the making of a politician, Deakin's dream of Federation and his role as Prime Minister in building the nation, are brought to life.
A computer with a continually running CDROM can accompany the four vibrant display modules. For information on borrowing the exhibition or obtaining a CDROM, please contact Kristen Thornton, phone: 03 5227 8253, fax : 03 5227 8628, email: firstname.lastname@example.org .