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Celebrate Australian National Flag Day
Wednesday 3 September 2014 is Australian National Flag Day. Flag Day celebrates the first time the flag was flown over the dome of the Exhibition Building in Melbourne in 1901, when Australia’s first Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Sir Edmund Barton, announced the winners of a competition to design a national flag for Australia.
The international competition attracted 32,823 entries with five substantially similar designs selected as joint winners. The winners were: Ivor Evans (Vic), William Stevens (NZ), Leslie Hawkins (NSW), Egbert John Nuttall (Vic) and Annie Whistler Dorrington (WA).
The Prime Minister will be officiating at a flag raising ceremony in the forecourt of Parliament House on Wednesday morning 3 September at 9.30am.
Flag Day is an opportunity for all Australians, community organisations, businesses and schools to celebrate their national pride by flying or displaying the Australian National Flag. Further information on the Australian National Flag including fact sheets are available on the It’s an Honour site.
Merchant Navy Day
3 September also marks Merchant Navy Day. It is an opportunity to remember the service and sacrifice of thousands of Australian merchant mariners who served during the two World Wars. Australian and Commonwealth memorials commemorate 435 Australians known to have lost their lives serving in the Merchant Navy. Organisations and individuals commemorating Merchant Navy Day may fly the Australian Red Ensign. When the Australian Red Ensign is flown along with the Australian National Flag, the Australian National Flag should be flown in the position of honour.
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.