Flag burned

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Competitions seeking designs for a national flag run by the Melbourne Herald and the Review of Reviews in 1900 were well supported. On 29 April 1901 a notice was placed in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette inviting entries in an official competition, offering a prize of £75 to the winning entry.

From the 32,823 entries received in the 1901 competition, five substantially similar designs were selected as joint winners. A photograph of the winning design, a composite ’embodying the general ideas of the five successful competitors, but different in detail’, was published in the Review of Reviews on 20 September 1901.

The winning design was approved by King Edward VII in 1902. Federal Parliament passed a resolution on the 2 June 1904 to fly this flag ‘upon all forts, vessels, saluting places and public buildings of the Commonwealth upon all occasions when flags are used’. While the design and uses of the flag were proclaimed in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette, it was not until the Flags Act 1953 that legislation was passed prescribing the form and use of the flag. Section 3 of the Act states that the flag (illustrated in the First Schedule to the Act) is ‘declared to be the Australian National Flag’.

On 14 February 1954, Her Majesty, the Queen of Australia, assented to the Flags Act 1953. The Act was reserved for Her Majesty’s pleasure on 12 December 1953 by the Governor-General, Sir William Slim. The Queen assented to the Act during her first visit, and also the first visit by a reigning monarch, to Australia in 1954.

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I live in Melbourne, Australia. I like anarchy. I don't like nazis. I enjoy eating pizza and drinking beer. I barrack for the greatest football team on Earth: Collingwood Magpies. The 2024 premiership's a cakewalk for the good old Collingwood.
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4 Responses to Flag burned

  1. Ana says:

    ka pai @ndy I love seeing that union jack off go up in flames, here’s to the end of white rule in australia

  2. @ndy says:

    Look out Ana, with that kinda attitude, you may make a Sothern KKKross Soldier cry.

  3. Paul Justo says:


    Henry Dupre LaBouchere

    Let the winds of the world make answer!
    North, South, East, West,
    Wherever there is wealth to covet
    Or land to be possessed:
    Wherever the savage nations
    To coddle, coerce or scare,
    You may look for the vaunted emblem
    For the Flag of England is there!

    Aye, it waves over the blazing hovels
    Whence its African victims fly
    To be shot by explosive bullets
    Or wretchedly starve and die:
    Or where the beachcomber hammers
    The isles of the southern sea –
    From the peak of his hellish vessel
    The English flag flies free!

    The Maori, full of hate, curses
    With his fleeting, dying breath.
    And the Arab hath hissed his curses
    As he spat at its folds in death.
    The hapless fellah hath feared it
    On Tel el Kebir’s parched plain.
    And the blood of the Zulu hath stained it,
    With a deep indelible stain.

    It has floated over scenes of pillage
    And flaunted over deeds of shame.
    It has waved o’er the fell marauder
    As he ravished with Sword and flame:
    It has looked on ruthless slaughter
    And assassination dire and grim.
    And has heard the shrieks of its victims
    Drown even the jingo hymn.

    Where is the flag of England?
    Seek the land where the natives rot
    And decay, and assured extinction
    Must soon be the people’s lot.
    Go to the once fair island
    Where disease and death are rife
    And the greed of colossal commerce
    Now fattens on human life.

    Where is the flag of England?
    Go sail where the rich galleons come
    With their shoddy and wasted cotton,
    And beer and Bibles and rum.
    Seek the land where brute force hath triumphed
    And hypocrisy hath its lair.
    And your question will thus be answered
    For the flag of England is there!

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  4. Liam says:

    Haha awesome, thanks for that Paul Justo.

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