Did you know?

Did you know the following flag facts.....?

* Flags have existed for over 3,000 years

* The scholarly study of them is called Vexillology

* The Australian flag was created in 1901, with the design chosen from over 32,000 entries in a public competition run by the Australian Government. There were five co-designers, one of then Mr Ivor Evans, the son of the founder of Evan Evans

* Every independent country is required  to have their own flag

* The large Federation seven pointed star on the Australian flag represents Australia's seven State and Territories

* The need for simple identification of ships at sea led to the standardisation of national flags

* A white flag represents the universal flag of truce

Flying and displaying the Australian flag

  1. Flags should be flown from sunrise to sunset. 
  2. Flags should be displayed only in a manner befitting the organisation (or national emblem if it's the Australian flag). 
  3. Flags should always be flown aloft and free and should not be allowed to fall or lie upon the ground. 

The Australian National Flag should not be used:

  • as a covering of a statue, monument or plaque for an unveiling ceremony (a plain cover should be used)
  • as a table or seat cover
  • as a masking for boxes, barriers or intervening space between floor and ground level on a dias or platform. 

When displaying the Australian flag against a surface, whether horizontally or vertically, the top left quarter of the Australian Flag should be placed uppermost on the observer's left, as viewed from the front of the flag.

Folding the Australian flag

1. Start with the flag flat with the Union Jack in the bottom left hand corner.  Note: never place a flag on the ground.

2. Fold the flag lengthwise once and then once again.

3. Bring the two ends of the flag together.

4. Concertina the flag by folding backwards and forwards until the flag is neatly bundled.

5. Keep the flag bundled by winding the rope of the flag around it.

World Flags News:

Change is in the air for the New Zealand national flag. Prime Minister John Key will likely hold a referendum if re-elected at the September 2014 general election. He has made it clear the flag will not be an election issue and will not run the referendum with the general election.

Mr Key has also made it clear he favours a change to the flag

Arguments for changing the flag:

  • It looks similar to many other national flags
  • It is often confused with confused with the Australian flag – in 1985 Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke was greeted by a New Zealand flag while traveling
  • It exalts British Imperialism - the British Government asked vessels in its colonies to fly flags with the Blue Ensign in 1869
  • It ignores New Zealand’s other ethnic groups, including the Maoris
  • It has been adopted by nationalist groups

Arguments against changing the flag

  • Polls show that the majority of New Zealanders oppose change
  • The flag is traditional; the present design has been used more than 100 years
  • Generations of New Zealanders have fought and died in wars under the flag
  • The design represents New Zealand’s ties to Britain (the Blue Ensign) and to the Southern Hemisphere (the Southern Cross)