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Flag Day Message from John Eales

Be a Proud Australian



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.

All Australians are encouraged to make a special effort to fly or display our flag for its 113th "birthday" on September 3, 2014.


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

We’re all proud of our country and we can fly our flag to show it!

Published by the Australian National Flag Association (Qld) Inc.

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Fly Our Flag With Pride!

The Australian National Flag should be displayed only in a manner befitting the national emblem. (Eg. it should not be allowed to fall or lie upon the ground.)

The Australian National Flag takes precedence in Australia over all other flags when it is flown in company with other flags. 

After the Australian Flag, the order of precedence is:

- national flag of other nations;

- then state and territory flags;

- followed by other flags prescribed by the Flags Act 1953 (including the flag of the Aboriginal peoples of Australia, the flag of the Torres Strait Islander people of Australia, and the Defence ensigns);

- finally other ensigns and pennants (Eg. flags of local councils, government agencies, and non-government organisations).

The flag should be raised no earlier than first light and lowered no later than dusk. (However the flag may be flown at night provided the flagpole is illuminated.)


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