Are there any alternative flags to the Australian flag?
Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. This is a list comprising flags proposed as alternatives to the current flag of Australia, which have received media coverage. The battle flag of the Eureka Stockade featured the five stars of the constellation Crux Australis in white on a white cross and blue field.
Where does the star in the Australian flag come from?
The star is derived from the arms of Lord Hobart, 4th Earl of Buckinghamshire (1760–1816), Secretary of State for War and the Colonies at the time of colonial settlement (1804), and after whom Hobart is named. The colour used on the arms Lord Hobart was, in fact, sable (black), rather than blue.
When was the first Australian flag hoisted?
In later years the Eureka Stockade Flag (a white cross with white eight-pointed stars against a blue field) gained popularity after its first hoisting in 1854 during a labour dispute. After the Commonwealth of Australia was formed, thousands of proposals were submitted by the general public in flag design competitions.
Can a British flag be flown on an Australian ship?
The British Blue Ensign can be flown on an Australian owned ship instead of the Australian Flag if the owner has a warrant valid under British law. The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet also advises that the flag should only be flown during daylight hours, unless it is illuminated.
What are the Stars on the Australian flag?
In 1903 King Edward VII approved two designs for the flag of Australia: the Commonwealth blue ensign, and the Commonwealth red ensign, for the merchant Navy. On both ensigns, the stars of the Southern Cross were simplified to four seven-pointed stars and one five pointed star.
When was the Australian national flag first flown?
The Australian National Flag (the flag) was first flown in 1901 (see also Australian National Flag Day ). It is Australia’s foremost national symbol and has become an expression of Australian identity and pride.
How many flags does the Australian government have?
In addition to the seven flags declared under the Flags Act, there are two additional Commonwealth flags, the Australian Civil Aviation Ensign and Australian Customs Flag, eight Vice-Regal flags and nine state and territory flags that are recognised as official flags through other means.
Who was the creator of the Australian flag?
The Red Ensign becomes the flag of Merchant Naval Shipping. King Edward VII approves the design for the official Australian flag (Blue Ensign) and the Australian Red Ensign for Australia’s merchant ships and private pleasure craft. Minor changes are made to the points of the stars on the Southern Cross.
Where is the Commonwealth Star on the Australian flag?
In the canton of the flag there is the Commonwealth Star rendered gold as it is upon the Coat of Arms of Australia. On the right hand side is the Australian version of the Southern Cross.
Where is the coat of arms on the Australian flag?
The State Flag with a crowned badge. The Australian national flag defaced with the coat of arms of Australia placed between the Commonwealth Star and the Southern Cross. Used by Robert Menzies in the 1950s and 1960s. A St George’s Cross with four gold stars and a lion in the fly of a British blue ensign .