The certificate has a cream background. At the top it has the Australian Crest showing kangaroo facing emu, with crest in between. They are mounted on a floral background. The following wording sits below the crest: [To JOHN GRAHAM CHRISTMASS / Greeting / Whereas Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, / Queen of Australia, has instituted an Australian medal / to commemorate the centenary of federation of Australia; / I DO by this warrant award you the Centenary Medal. Peter Holingworth / Governor-General of the / Commonwealth of Australia / By His Excellency's Command / John Howard / Prime Minister].

Historical information

The award, presented to John Christmass in 2001 represents the significance of his music career at both a professional and community level in Armadale and Western Australia and his role in raising money through his long running and very popular classical music concerts at the Perth Concert Hall.
The Centenary Medal commemorates 100 years (the centenary) of federation and acknowledges the challenges of the new century by recognising citizens and other people who have made a contribution to Australian society or government. The medal acknowledges those who contributed to the success of Australia’s first hundred years as a federal nation. It recognises the many Australians who laid solid foundations for the nation’s future. The Prime Minister, announced the Centenary Medal on 28 December 2001.
John Christmass moved to the Kelmscott area in the 1970s. John had taught music since the 1940s and later joined the Department of Education and was in charge of their choral music program.
In 1985 he retired from the education department and focussed his time on teaching and promoting music from his Kelmscott office. From there he managed the I Voci Choir which was made up of past students from Perth Modern School aged 18-30.
John was the musical director for the Perth Anzac Day Services from 1971 to the early 2000s, he started the 1st Vienna Pops concert and the Best of British concert at the Perth Concert Hall in c1987 and 1991 respectively to help raise money for Rotary. He directed his last in 2013 and 2012. He was presented with the Order of Australia in 2012, for his services to music, plus many other local and state awards over the years.
Locally he directed many concerts, taught music, advocated for a concert venue in the City of Armadale and was a strong advocate for the local art and culture scene.
The award provides a connection to the long and distinguished career of John Christmass who has played an important role in music education as well as promoting music and choral music in Western Australia. John has also managed to raise many hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity.



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28.5000 cm
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35 cm
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This object is part of a collection of items that tells the story of the creativity and ingenuity of members of the local community in relation to art, design and engineering/construction. The collection relates to expressions of creativity that impacted an individual or small group of people to objects that have been enjoyed around the world.

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City of Armadale - History House

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