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AUSTRALIAN FLAG SCHOOLS KIT
Paint Your Own FlagBy now you've probably read all about Ivor Evans, the Schoolboy who was one of the five designers of our Australian flag back in 1901.
Ivor decided to use the stars of the Southern Cross because they were only visible in the Southern Hemisphere. In fact, the Southern Cross is the brightest constellation in our southern skies, So Ivor thought it would make a good symbol of Australia's bright future. He also liked the Southern Cross because the stars stand for the virtues of justice, prudence, temperance and fortitude. In other words the Australian National Flag displays symbols which can inspire us to be fair to others, to carefully plan for our future by improving our knowledge, to build healthy bodies and to form strong and positive characters.
The large star below the Union Jack is called the Federal or Commonwealth Star. This seven pointed star stands for the six states and the territories of Australia.
The Union Jack represents Australia's history and heritage.
To paint your own flag just click on the image above or click here. This will take you to a blank illustration of The Flag. Just print it out, and grab your paints, pencils and crayons...
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!