BE A PROUD AUSTRALIAN ... FLY OUR FLAG FOR AUSTRALIA DAY
AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL FLAG DAY - 3 SEPTEMBER 2009
Message from Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC
Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia
Since it was first unfurled from the Royal Exhibition Building in 1901, our Australian flag has been an icon of our shared identity, of what it means to belong to our country.
It is much loved, touched, worn and flown by Australians here and across the world. It graces our most solemn occasions and significant moments, our arrivals and departures. It flies in schools, neighbourhoods, communities, urban centres and in the bush. Wherever it is raised, it stirs in us a sense of unity.
On National Flag Day, I hope all Australians will join me in feeling extraordinarily blessed to share in all it symbolises, and to be a small part of a great story.
CELEBRATE OUR FLAG’S 108th “BIRTHDAY” – 3 September
In 1996 the Governor-General officially proclaimed that “to commemorate the day in 1901 on which the Australian national flag was first flown, 3 September in each year shall be observed as ‘Australian National Flag Day’ throughout Australia and in the external Territories of Australia.”
Many cities and towns around Australia hold a special flag raising or other ceremony to mark ‘Flag Day’, but if this is not possible there are many other ways that the 108th “birthday” of our flag can be celebrated on Thursday 3 September this year, eg:
- Local schools could be encouraged to arrange special flag raising assemblies on the day so that students gain an appreciation of the history and significance of our flag;
- Councils could put out a press release asking local residents, businesses, and organisations to make a special effort to fly the flag on 3 September; and/or
- Suggesting that service organisations, sporting clubs and scout/guide troops etc that holding meetings around 3 September raise the flag or otherwise make special mention of Flag Day at the beginning or end of proceedings.
Some councils even make flag badges or flag stickers available so that residents can ‘show the flag’ all day on 3 September!
A wealth of information about ‘Flag Day’, and about the unique story of the Australian flag, can be found at www.australianflag.org.au . Look under ‘Flying the Flag’ for ideas about celebrating ‘Flag Day 3 Sep’, and under ‘Schools’ for information about ‘Preparing for Flag Day’.
We hope that your community will be able to join in the celebrations for ‘Australian National Flag Day’ on 3 September, 2009.
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The edition of the Review of Reviews front cover signed by Egbert Nuttal, after the winning designers were announced.
Grateful acknowledgement to the State Library of New South Wales for approval to reproduce portion of the Egbert Nuttall historical collection.