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AUSTRALIAN FLAG SCHOOLS KIT
The design elements of the Australian flag have been unchanged since it was first flown on September 3, 1901. However in 1908 a seventh point was added to the "Commonwealth Star" to represent Australian territories – originally this star had six points, one for each of the former colonies. Should the NT become a state then consideration may be given to adding another point to the Commonwealth Star. However it is significant that at the time of the pervious NT statehood referendum in 1998, it was stated that the national flag would not change regardless of the outcome of the vote.
Fly our Flag with Pride!
Few Australians know the unique and proud story of our flag –the only national flag to fly over an entire continent, but also the first to be chosen in an open public competition. Following federation in 1901, the new Commonwealth government arranged a competition to choose a flag for the new nation, and entries were submitted from nearly 1% of the population at that time. Five people tied for the honour of designing the Australian flag - Annie Dorrington, Ivor Evans, Leslie Hawkins, Egbert Nuttall, and William Stevens. The winning design was unveiled on 3 September, which has been officially proclaimed as Australian National Flag Day.
We’re all proud of our country and we can fly our flag to show it!