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Flag Day Message from John Eales


  Our flag's 116th 'birthday' on 3 September 2017 was fittingly celebrated with events right around the country.  Many cities and towns held a special flag raising ceremony to mark ‘Flag Day’; those hosted or arranged by the Australian National Flag Association in Queensland are listed below.

  Friday 1st September

BRISBANE: Friday 1st September  - The Brisbane City Council hosted celebrations in King George Square from 9:15am; featuring a ceremonial flag raising by members of the military with music provided by a choir. 

IPSWICH: Friday 1st September Ipswich Central Public School 9:00am - At their assembly students paraded a giant loaned to them by your association. 

  Saturday 2nd September

CABOOLTURE: Saturday 2nd September Caboolture Historical Village 280 Beerburrum   Rd Caboolture, from 9.00am. Heritage Fair and Flag Day. The flag was raised by cadets from the TS Koopa at 9:30am; other events included the Annual Vintage Military Vehicle display, Annual Reunion of Cadets, magic show, town criers, and an animal farm.   See https://www.historicalvillage.com.au/

Sunday 3nd September – Australian National Flag Day

TOWNSVILLE: Sunday 3rd September; Flag Day Ceremony at Cotters Markets in Flinders Street from 10am   

Fittingly Townsville’s celebration was on the day itself of our flag’s 116th ‘birthday’, and Mayor Jenny Hill presided.  Townsville is where the Australian flag was first raised in the presence of the Governor-General (nearly two weeks after the winning design had been unveiled at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne on September 3, 1901).



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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. 


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