THAT’S A FLAG: Ipswich Central State School students unveil the Australian flag to mark Flag Day.
THAT’S A FLAG: Ipswich Central State School students unveil the Australian flag to mark Flag Day. David Nielsen

Ensign flags a very special Aussie day

IPSWICH residents have been urged to show their support for our national flag as we celebrate its 112th birthday today.

And what better way to honour the occasion than to roll out an Aussie flag the size of a double-decker bus?

Students at Ipswich State School unfurled a huge 12m x 6m Australian flag during a special assembly to mark the anniversary.

The flag, which was previously hoisted in front of Parliament House in Canberra, was provided by The Australian National Flag Association of Queensland.

At the assembly ANFA Queensland president Allan Pidgeon used the opportunity to educate students about the history of our flag.

Mr Pidgeon said while the Australian flag was very popular, not many Australians were aware of its unique and proud history.

Not only is it the only national flag to fly over an entire continent, but also the first to be chosen in an open public competition.

Following Federation in 1901, the new Commonwealth Government arranged a contest to choose a flag for the new nation.

Entries were submitted from nearly 1% of the population at the time - 32,823 people.

The winning design was unveiled on September 3 that same year, which has been officially proclaimed as Australian National Flag Day.

"The way we chose our flag really says something about Australia," Mr Pidgeon said. "It's a very Australian thing to let everyone have a go.

"I think it's part of our history that deserves a bit more recognition."

The ceremony started a week of celebrations.



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