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Australian Fire Service Medal
Norman Clarke was the first Indigenous Australian to receive the Australian Fire Service Medal. He became a fireman in 1976 and in recent years has made a significant contribution to the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service’s Indigenous Liaison program.
Norman was awarded the medal in 2004 for his distinguished service, professionalism and dedication to the fire service and to the community.
Australian Bravery Decorations
The Australian Bravery Decorations recognise acts of selfless bravery by members of the community.
In 1989 Mr Darrell James Tree of South Australia was awarded the first Cross of Valour: Australia’s highest civilian bravery decoration. Despite repeatedly falling unconscious from electrocution Mr Tree saved a three year-old boy from a crane charged with high voltage electricity.
Australian National Anthem
The Australian National Anthem, proclaimed in 1984, identifies Australia at home and overseas. It unites the nation and is a public expression of joy and pride in being Australian.
The anthem is used at important public ceremonies, sporting and community events. The words of the Australian National Anthem are available for download on this site.
Australian National Flag
The Australian National Flag was first flown in Melbourne in 1901. For over a century now it has been the primary expression of Australian identity and pride.
You can receive immediate advice on how to fly the flag on special occasions by registering for the Commonwealth Flag Network alert.