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Australian Bravery Decorations

Australian Bravery Medal

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.

Floral emblem

Image of Australian Wattle

Australia’s national floral emblem is the golden wattle. When in flower, the golden wattle displays the national colours, green and gold.

As one species of a large genus of flora growing across Australia, the golden wattle is a symbol of unity. Wattle is purpose-built to withstand Australia’s droughts, winds and bushfires. The resilience of wattle captures the spirit of the Australian people.

Australian Antarctic Medal

An Antarctic Ship at work

The Australian Antarctic Medal is awarded for outstanding service in scientific research or exploration in Antarctica. Australia has been involved in scientific exploration of Antarctica since the expeditions led by Sir Douglas Mawson in 1911- 1914. Dr Patricia Selkirk was awarded the Australian Antarctic Medal in 2004 for her research conducted over 17 Antarctic expeditions.

Australian National Flag

Australian 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.