The Australian flag has a lot of history behind it and if you’re a history buff, you might be surprised to learn about these interesting Australian flag facts. Australia is a colony of the United Kingdom but in the last century, Australia has become its own culture complete with a very symbolic flag recognisable by the entire world. As Flag Day will be here in September, you might find it rewarding to learn more about the history of Australia’s proud flag and some of the intrigue that surrounds a unique mystery that flag enthusiasts are still attempting to solve.
The Symbolism of the Commonwealth Star
You’ve seen the stars on the Australian flag before but you might not be familiar with what they mean or why they have seven points. As you know, there are six states in Australia: New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, and Western Australia. However, there is also the Northern Territory, which is not currently a state. The seventh point on the Commonwealth star actually represents all Australians who currently reside outside one of the six states, which could include the Northern Territory.
Recently, there has been some controversy as to whether the Northern Territory should become an Australian state. And if the territory does become a state, what will happen to the flag? Will the star have eight points instead of seven or is it not necessary to change the flag? There are advocates for changing the flag if the Northern Territory becomes a state but a lot of experts suggest that changing the flag would create a huge financial burden.
The Mystery of the Missing Flag
In 1901, on the very first day that the Australian flag was flown, there was a different flag with only six points on the Commonwealth star. You see, a competition had been held in which artists could submit flag drawings in hopes of being chosen as the creator of the very first Australian flag. Approximately thirty thousand people submitted designs; eventually the winner was chosen and the winning flag was unveiled on September 3rd of the same year. After the flag was chosen and flown after the first day, it was allegedly taken down and put in a local museum.
Fifty years later, the Commonwealth government decided that they’d like to fly the original flag again in honour of fifty years as a nation. The only problem was that no one could find it. Today, over one hundred years later, people are still searching for the missing flag. Mr. Pidgeon, president of the Flag Association, has begun a search for the flag and encourages anyone with historical knowledge about what happened to the flag to come forward with their information or insights. You can learn more about his mission by checking out his twitter page Allan Pidgeon from Brisbane.
The flag is a proud symbol of Australia and it has a rich history. The flag is the first national flag to cover a whole continent. National flag advocates such as Mr. Pidgeon continue to spread awareness about the flag and encourage people including you to take pride in such a noble symbol of Australia.