Saturday, 26 April 2014

#30 - The Australian National Flag

Australian flag meaning :

The Australian National Flag was chosen by the Australian people in the year of national federation, 1901 from 32,823 entries received in a public design competition. The popular contest was initiated by a publication, The Review of Reviews and made official by the Commonwealth Government. The Prime Minister, Sir Edmund Barton was the master of ceremonies for the first raising of the large, blue national flag, measuring 11 x 5.5 metres. The event was held on 3 September 1901 when the flag was hoisted above the then Commonwealth Parliament, Melbourne. On 3 September has been officially proclaimed and is celebrated annually as our Australian National Flag Day.

On the top left-hand corner is the Union Jack. Union Jack a.k.a. the Union Flag, is the national flag of the United Kingdom. The Union Jack is a part of Australian flag because it's represents Australia ties to UK. Australia is ruled by UK, hence having a Prime Minister and not a President.

Below the Union Jack is seven-pointed Federation Star as the Commonwealth Star in the lower hoist quarter. The Commonwealth Star (a.k.a. the Federation Star, the Seven Point Star, or the Star of Federation) is a seven-pointed star symbolising the Federation of Australia which came into force on 1 January 1901. 
Six points of the Star represent the six original states of the Commonwealth of Australia, while the seventh point represents the territories and any other future states of Australia. 

And on the right is the Southern Cross constellation, made up of five white stars – one small five-pointed star and four, larger, seven-pointed stars.


Joelle said...

I'm so glad you like the postcard I sent! :-) Thanks for yours also. Happy Posting!

Vivian Ibra said...

@Joelle : You're welcome, Joelle :)