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Australia

Location: Oceania, continent between the Indian Ocean and the
South Pacific Ocean

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Australian Flag - Did you know...The upper left quarter of the Australian flag is called the Canton and pictures the UK Union Jack Flag - Australian Flag

A comprehensive guide to the Australian Flag. Discover facts and useful information.

Flags are an extremely easy way to identify a country or area immediately, language is not a barrier. The colors and emblems chosen by each country are deeply symbolic. Find out all you need to know about the Australian Flag.

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Australian Flag - Meaning
The study of flags is called Vexillology and comes from the Latin word vexillum ("flag") and the Greek suffix -logy ("study"). The word "flag" is derived from the old Saxon word "fflaken" which means to fly or to float in the air. The idea of flying a flag grew from the requirements of ancient warfare and the battlefield. Shields were painted with emblems or symbols to identify friend or enemy. Warriors needed to know where their leaders were hence the custom of carrying a pole was adopted and subsequently the idea of flags began! Flags and banners were even mentioned in the bible, the following quote is from the bible book entitled Song of Solomons, (6:10):  "Thou art beautiful, O my love, as Tirzah, comely as Jerusalem, terrible as an army with banners."

Australian Flag - Description
The Australian Flag is described as follows:

  • The upper left quarter of the Australian flag is called the Canton and pictures the UK Union Jack Flag

  • The Australian flag pictures a large seven-pointed star known as the Commonwealth Star which symbolises the federation of the colonies of Australia in 1901

  • The Commonwealth Star depicts one point for each of the six original states and one representing the six original states and the territories of Australia

  • The Commonwealth Star is displayed in the lower hoist-side quadrant of the Australian flag

  • The fly half of the Australian flag pictures a representation of the Southern Cross constellation featuring white stars, One small five-pointed star and four, larger, seven-pointed stars

Australian Flag - Color Symbolism
According to Ancient and Heraldic traditions there is a vast amount of symbolism associated with the color of a nations flag. The full development of heraldry in about 1200AD also brought sophisticated design of flags, some of which includes a Coat of Arms. The individual colors that make up the Australian flag represent the following:

  • White - Peace and honesty

  • Blue - Vigilance, Truth and Loyalty, Perseverance & Justice

  • Red - Hardiness, Bravery, Strength & Valour

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Australian Flag - Definition
A flag is defined as a symbol or emblem usually consisting of a rectangular piece of cloth of distinctive design. Flags are also often used as a signalling device and method of communication. Government buildings are often decorated with flags. A cloth usually bearing a device or devices and used to indicate nationality, party, etc., or to give or ask information; commonly attached to a staff to be waved by the wind; a standard; a banner; an ensign; the colors; as, the national flag; a military or a naval flag.

Australia and the Australian Flag - Facts
  • The British monarch is still the head of state for Australia despite it being an independent nation

  • The longest river in Australia is the Murray

  • The highest point in Australia is Mount Kosciusko

  • There are over fifty different species of Kangaroo in Australia

  • The Sydney Harbour bridge is one of Australia's best known landmarks. It was built in 1932 and provides a link between the north and south of the city

  • The Australian gold rush began in the 1850's and the country is now a major exporter of other metals including Zinc, Tin, Nickel, Tungsten and gold

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  • The Australian flag pictures a large seven-pointed star known as the Commonwealth Star which represents the federation of the colonies of Australia in 1901

  • The Commonwealth Star depicts one point for each of the six original states and one representing the six original states and the territories of Australia

  • The Commonwealth Star is displayed in the lower hoist-side quadrant

  • The fly half of the Australian flag pictures a representation of the Southern Cross constellation featuring white stars, One small five-pointed star and four, larger, seven-pointed stars

  • Australia is situated between the Pacific and Indian Ocean

  • The Great Barrier Reef is found off the north-eastern coast of Australia and is over 2,000km from north to south

  • Several animals can only be found in Australia including: Kangaroos, Koalas, Tasmanian Devils and
    Duck Billed Platypuses

  • Australia is become famous world wide for its vineyards. Its quality wines are now exported all over the world

  • The Argyle diamond Mill in the Kimberley region of Western Australia and one of the largest sources of Pink diamonds in the world. Blue diamonds are also mined at the Australian Argyle mine

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Displaying the Australian Flag - What you need to know about the Australian Flag!

  • The shape and flag ratio of the Australian Flag is 1:2 (the length is twice the height)

  • The upper left quarter of the flag is called the Canton and pictures the UK Union Jack Flag

  • All Flag pictures show flags flying, from the viewer's point of view, from left to right

  • The Study of the Flags is known as Vexillology

  • The upper left quarter of the flag is known as the Canton

  • A Flag share is the flag officer's share of prize money

  • People with an interest in flags are called Vexillologists

  • The Romans were the first to use a cloth flag - they were square and fastened to cross bars at the end of spears - the idea of fastening a flag to the side of a pole soon followed

  • The act or function of raising the Australian Flag, as on a rope is referred to as hoisting

  • To denote grief and mourning, the Australian Flag is hoisted to half of the potential height of the flag pole , this is called flying the flag at Half Staff or Half Mast and is carried out by firstly raising the Australian Flag to the top, then lowering the Australian Flag halfway

  • To show distress the Australian Flag is flown upside-down

  • Always hoist the Australian Flag briskly and lower the Australian Flag ceremoniously

  • No disrespect should be shown to the Australian flag

  • The Australian Flag should never be displayed, used, fastened or kept in such a way as to allow the Flag to be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any way

  • The Australian Flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing on the flag of any nature

  • To strike, or lower the Australian Flag is the process of hauling it down. It is a token of respect, submission, or, in an engagement, of surrender

  • To hang out a white flag is a method of asking for a truce or quarter, or, in some cases, to manifest a friendly design by exhibiting a white flag

  • To dip the flag is the process of lowering and quickly restore it to its place is often done as a mark of respect

Dream Definition - Australian Flag
Seeing your national flag in your dream means peace and/or prosperity. Seeing a flag of a foreign nation indicates a breach of trust between friends.

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  • What do the colors represent?

  • Color Symbolism in Flags

  • Meaning of different colors

  • Australian Flag - Pictures

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Pictures and Videos of Australian Flag
Discover the selection of pictures and videos relating to different flag symbols, a useful educational resource for budding Vexillologists! Learn about the meaning and history of the Australian Flag. The Australian Flag is a good example of color symbolism that we see in everyday life. All of the articles and pages on this site can be accessed via the Signology Index - a great educational resource for everyone! What is the significance of a particular color? What does each symbol on the Australian Flag mean - find out all you need to know! Color Symbolism, Meaning, Crests, Emblems, Facts and much more! We have even included a dream definition of the Australian Flag! Hope you find this resource on flag symbols including the Australian flag useful.

 

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