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Many Australians celebrate by flying the flag but do you know the history of our flag or how to fly the flag correctly ?
Below is some information from the official Australia Day website for Victoria australiaday.vic.gov.au.
The colonies of Australia federated to become a single Commonwealth in 1901. That year, Australia’s first Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Sir Edmund Barton announced an international competition to design a flag for the new nation. It attracted 32,823 entries. Five near-identical entries were awarded equal first and the designers shared the £200 prize.
The Australian National Flag was flown for the first time in September 1901 at the Exhibition Building in Melbourne, the seat of the federal government at the time.
The Australian National Flag can be flown every day of the year. As the nation’s foremost symbol, the flag should be used with respect and dignity.
Some flag tips
Further details on flag raising ceremonies, orders of precedence, half-masting of the flag and using the Australian flag image is available at the It’s an Honour website.