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Videos: Flag Day Message from John Eales


  Our flag's 120th "birthday" is on September 3 this year, and all Australians are encouraged to make a special effort to fly or display the Australian flag in honour of this special anniversary. In these strange and challenging times, it seems even more important to take opportunities to demonstrate national unity - and our national flag is seen everywhere; hardly a surprise given that opinion polls show it to be more popular than ever before. 

 Unfortunately given current CoviD-19 restrictions, planning for in person‘Flag Day’ events other than in Qld has been suspended.  Further details, plus online commemorations, will be advised when available.


·         *Sept 3, King George Square BRISBANE - Flag Day ceremony 9am.  https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/whats-on-and-events/event/australian-national-flag-day-ceremony-2021-154059941

·         *Sept 3, Flinders Street Flagpole TOWNSVILLE – Flag Day ceremony 10am (Refer City Council)

·        * Sat Sept 4, Historical Village CABOOLTURE – From 9.30am: Historical Pageant, Flag Raising Ceremony, Parade, Vintage Military Vehicle Show.         Free Admission to the Village all day.

*     * Thurs Sept 9 – Community Association BURPENGARY - Flag Raising Ceremony

·         * Fri Sept 10 – Central State School IPSWICH – special Flag Raising Assembly with giant Parliament House Flag

  September 3 was officially proclaimed as 'Australian National Flag Day' by then Governor-General Sir William Deane to  "to commemorate the day in 1901 on which the Australian National Flag was first flown...”

    “I commend the Australian National Flag Association for its work in encouraging people to identify with our foremost national symbol…”

His Excellency General the Honourable David John Hurley AC DSC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia

  As our former Governor-General Dame Quentin Bryce has observed, “Since … 1901, our Australian flag has been an icon of our shared identity, of what it means to belong to our country.... Wherever it is raised, it stirs in us a sense of unity...”

  The first flag competition in the world testifies to the Australian ethos of “have a go” and the democratic spirit prevailing even then, more than a century ago.  In fact while in recent times there has been a debate about how to teach history in our schools (with some lamenting that “it is so hard to make history interesting”), no one could deny that the story of the Australian flag is both fascinating and inspirational.


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Flag History Timeline

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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!


Historical Australian Flags