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Flag Day Message from John Eales



We’re all proud to be Australians, and it is at times such as Australian National Flag Day (September 3) that we can show it by flying or displaying our flag.  

 All Australians are encouraged to make a special effort to fly or display our flag for this special anniversary.  Many cities and towns around Australia hold a special flag raising ceremony to mark ‘Flag Day’, but even if you cannot attend your local event then you can still celebrate:

    • Fly the flag and/or wear a flag badge or sticker;
    • Encourage your local school to arrange special flag raising assemblies so that students gain an appreciation of the history and significance of our flag;
    • Ask your local MP or Councillor to put out a press release urging local residents, businesses, & organisations to make a special effort to fly the flag on 3 September; &
    • Suggest that service organisations, sporting clubs and scout/guide troops etc holding meetings around 3 September should raise the flag or otherwise make special mention of Flag Day at the beginning or end of proceedings.

     Or perhaps you can just take the chance to learn more about our flag’s history. A wealth of information about ‘Flag Day’, and about the unique story of the Australian flag, can be found at the “home page” for the Australian flag - www.australianflag.org.au

  BRISBANE         -King George Square, Adelaide Street, City, Thursday 3rd September   9:15am

            We are back in King George Square again for Flag Day, and all are welcome to join the celebrations.  Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and the Brisbane City Council will be hosting the event.     A military unit will parade and raise the flag.  


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Flag History Timeline

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Possible impact of NT statehood

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!


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