The Flag


external image dotclear.gif The Australian Flag was first flown on 3 September 1901. The flag consists of three elements: the Union Jack, the Commonwealth Star and the Southern Cross.

external image dotclear.gifexternal image dotclear.gif In the upper left corner the Union Jack represents Australia's association with Great Britain. Directly below the Union Jack is the white Commonwealth, or Federation star. Six of the stars represent the unity of the states. The seventh point, added to stars in 1909, denotes territories of the Commonwealth of Australia.

external image dotclear.gifexternal image dotclear.gif The Southern Cross with its five stars, is on the right side of the flag. The stars are a reminder of Australia's geographical location, as this constellation can only be seen from the southern hemisphere.