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AUSTRALIAN FLAG SCHOOLS KIT
FLAG QUIZ - Test your knowledge about our flag!
in 1901 the new Commonwealth Government held an open competition calling for
public input into the design of a flag - the first time in history that a
national flag had been chosen in this way.
The opportunity to
design a new flag for the new nation of Australia really captured the public
imagination. In proportion with Australia ’s population now, how many
entries would be needed to replicate the 1901 response?
The designs submitted
featured “every kind of flora and fauna identifiable with Australia – sometimes
all at once”. Which of the following were notincluded on the would-be
flags entered in the competition?
Five people tied for
the honour of designing our flag. Match the description with the name of
the winner below –
The Southern Cross
featured on the flag is a constellation that can only be seen in the night
skies of the Southern hemisphere, and it also gives acknowledgement to
aboriginal Australians because it is so prominent in their
mythology. What is the name given to each of the stars in the
c. None of the
other places existed in 1901! It took eight weeks to display all the
entries and following judging the winning design was flown from the Royal
Exhibition Building on 3 September 1901.
c. There were
32,823 entries from an estimated population in 1901 of around 3.6 million …ie
one per cent of the total population responded to the competition. This
is equivalent to 200,000 entries today.
(a) = (iii), (b) =
(iv), (c) = (ii), (d) = (v), (e) = (i)
The formal name of
the Southern Cross is “Crux Australis” and the individual stars are named by
the first five letters of the Greek alphabet in order of brightness –
(clockwise from the bottom star) Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta & Epsilon.
c. A.B. “Banjo” Paterson , during World War I.
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!