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Flag Day Message from John Eales


 There are many events being planned to celebrate our flag's 116th 'birthday' .. because the actual anniversary is on a Sunday this year, some may be held during the preceding week.

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 if this is not possible or if there is no ceremony in your area, then you can still celebrate on 3 September:
 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 for a media release urging local residents, businesses, & organisations to make a special effort to fly the flag ; &
 Suggest that service & sporting clubs, scout/guide troops etc holding meetings around 3 September should raise the flag &/or  make special mention of Flag Day.

  Friday 1st September

BRISBANE: Friday 1st September  - The Brisbane City Council is hosting celebrations in King George Square from 9:15am.  The event will feature a ceremonial flag raising by members of the military and music will be provided by a choir.   Everybody is welcome at this ceremony. 

IPSWICH: Friday 1st September Ipswich Central Public School 9:00am - At their assembly students will parade a giant loaned to them by your association. Please note that this event is for the school community only

  Saturday 2nd September

CABOOLTURE: Saturday 2nd September Caboolture Historical Village 280 Beerburrum   Rd Caboolture, from 9.00am. Heritage Fair and Flag Day Admission Adults $10.00, Under 16 free. There will be a flag raising by cadets from the TS Koopa at 9:30am; and much more to keep visitors entertained throughout the day, including the Annual Vintage Military Vehicle display, Annual Reunion of Cadets, magic show, town criers, and an animal farm.   All the museums on site will be open all day (closing time 4pm) as well.  Details at: 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 will be on the day itself of our flag’s 116th ‘birthday’.  Mayor Jenny Hill will preside and all are welcome to join in.  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. 


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


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