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A fine day for a parade
Just after midnight, a storm broke and winds gusting up to 50 miles an hour swept into Sydney. Forty points of rain drenched the harbour city.
But the New Year's Day morning broke clear and fine, and an eight-kilometre procession headed out to Centennial Park, just beyond Paddington, where the federation rites, uniting the erstwhile separate British colonies into one indissoluble federal Commonwealth, was to take place.
On January 1, 2001, in Sydney, the commemoration ceremonies began at Centennial Park at 1pm. At Hyde Park in the heart of the city, a free children's concert started at the same time.
At 3.40pm, planes flew over the city in three waves. At 3.55pm, bells all over the country began to ring.
Check the Centenary of Federation website for activity details and updates.