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The Right Honourable John Malcolm Fraser AC CH (1930 – 2015)

To All Flag Marshals: Action Australia-wide and at Australian Overseas Posts

Australian National Flag to fly at Half-Mast

Friday 27 March 2015

The Right Honourable John Malcolm Fraser AC CH (1930 – 2015)

A State Funeral Service for the Right Honourable John Malcolm Fraser AC CH, former Prime Minister of Australia, will be held at 11.30am on Friday 27 March 2015 at Scots’ Church on the corner of Collins and Russell Streets in Melbourne, Victoria.

Mr Fraser was Prime Minister of Australia from 1975-1983. He also held a number of ministerial portfolios throughout his 28 years as the Member for Wannon and Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Liberal Party from 1955-1983.

Mr Fraser was appointed to the Order of the Companions of Honour in 1977 for his service as Prime Minister of Australia. In 1988, he was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia for service to the government, politics and to the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia.

As a mark of mourning and respect and in accordance with protocol, the Australian National Flag should be flown at half-mast all day on Friday 27 March 2015 from all buildings and establishments occupied by Australian Government departments and affiliated agencies. Other organisations are welcome to participate.

In accordance with flag protocol, all flags and ensigns at each flag station should be flown at half-mast during daylight hours.  However, should it be the custom to fly the flags of other nations at your flag station, it would be appropriate to seek permission from the diplomatic representatives of that nation to half-mast their flag.

Further information on the protocols for half-masting the Australian National Flag is at http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/symbols/flag.cfm.

Your assistance is appreciated.

Commonwealth Flag Officer

24 March 2015

Dr Alf Bamblett (1944 – 2015)

To All Flag Marshals:  For action in VIC only

Australian National Flag to fly at Half-Mast

Thursday 26 March 2015

State Funeral Service

Dr Alf Bamblett (1944 – 2015)

A State Funeral Service for Dr Alf Bamblett will be held at 11.00am on Thursday 26 March 2015 at the Dungula Function Centre, Edward Street, Moama.

Dr Bamblett was instrumental in the establishment of the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service. He was a valued member of the Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Incorporated and the Victorian Aboriginal Community Services Association Ltd. Dr Bamblett was the Victorian Commissioner of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission, serving from 1991 to 1995. He was named Victorian Aboriginal of the Year by NAIDOC in 1994 and was one of the first 20 people inducted into the Victorian Indigenous Honour Roll in 2011. He was President of the Aborigines Advancement League, Chair of the Victorian Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee and President of the Fitzroy Stars Football and Netball Club.

As a mark of mourning and respect and in accordance with protocol, the Australian National Flag should be flown at half-mast all day on Thursday 26 March 2015 in Victoria only from all buildings and establishments occupied by Australian Government departments and affiliated agencies. Other organisations are welcome to participate.

In accordance with flag protocol, all flags and ensigns at each flag station should be flown at half-mast during daylight hours. However, should it be the custom to fly the flags of other nations at your flag station, it would be appropriate to seek permission from the diplomatic representatives of that nation to half-mast their flag.

Further information on the protocols for half-masting the Australian National Flag is at http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/symbols/flag.cfm.

Your assistance is appreciated.

Commonwealth Flag Officer

24 March 2015

The Right Honourable John Malcolm Fraser AC CH (1930 – 2015)

URGENT

To All Flag Marshals: Action Australia-wide and at Australian Overseas Posts

Australian National Flag to fly at Half-Mast

Friday 20 March 2015

The Right Honourable John Malcolm Fraser AC CH (1930 – 2015)

Australia today mourns the passing of its 22nd Prime Minister (1975-83), The Right Honourable John Malcolm Fraser AC CH.  He provided a lifetime of service to Australia as a parliamentarian,  Prime Minister and humanitarian.

As a mark of mourning and respect and in accordance with protocol, the Australian National Flag should be flown at half-mast all day on Friday 20 March 2015 from all buildings and establishments occupied by Australian Government departments and affiliated agencies.  Other organisations are welcome to participate.

In accordance with flag protocol, all flags and ensigns at each flag station should be flown at half-mast during daylight hours.  However, should it be the custom to fly the flags of other nations at your flag station, it would be appropriate to seek permission from the diplomatic representatives of that nation to half-mast their flag.

Further information on the protocols for half-masting the Australian National Flag is at http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/symbols/flag.cfm. A later message will be issued when details of Mr Fraser’s memorial service are confirmed.

Commonwealth Flag Officer

20 March 2015

Mr Leigh Bruce "Tracker" Tilmouth (1953 – 2015)

To All Flag Marshals:  For action in NT only

Australian National Flag to fly at Half-Mast

Thursday 12 March 2015

State Funeral Service

Mr Leigh Bruce "Tracker" Tilmouth (1953 – 2015)

A State Funeral Service for Mr Leigh Bruce "Tracker" Tilmouth will be held at 10.00am on Thursday 12 March 2015 at the St Mary's Star of the Sea Cathedral, corner of McLachlan and Smith Streets, Darwin, Northern Territory.

Mr Tilmouth championed the economic and legal rights of Aboriginal people and strived tirelessly for improved access to health and education services. He helped establish the Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Service and Health Service and served as the Director of the Central Land Council.

As a mark of mourning and respect and in accordance with protocol, the Australian National Flag should be flown at half-mast all day on Thursday 12 March 2015 in the Northern Territory only from all buildings and establishments occupied by Australian Government departments and affiliated agencies. Other organisations are welcome to participate.

In accordance with flag protocol, all flags and ensigns at each flag station should be flown at half-mast during daylight hours. However, should it be the custom to fly the flags of other nations at your flag station, it would be appropriate to seek permission from the diplomatic representatives of that nation to half-mast their flag.

Further information on the protocols for half-masting the Australian National Flag is at http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/symbols/flag.cfm.

Your assistance is appreciated.

Commonwealth Flag Officer

10 March 2015

COMMONWEALTH DAY – Monday 9 March 2015

To:  All Flag Marshals: Action Australia-wide and action at Australian overseas posts

COMMONWEALTH DAY – Monday 9 March 2015

Commonwealth Day is celebrated every year by 53 Commonwealth countries on the second Monday in March.  This year it falls on Monday 9 March 2015.  The aim of commemorating Commonwealth Day is to promote understanding of global issues, international co-operation and the work of the Commonwealth of Nations to improve the lives of its citizens.

The theme for Commonwealth Day 2015 is ‘A Young Commonwealth’, which recognises the capacity, contribution and potential of young people, who play a vital role at the heart of sustainable development and democracy.

In accordance with Australian flag protocol, the Australian National Flag should be flown all day on Monday 9 March 2015 on Australian Government buildings and establishments.

State, territory and local government agencies as well as non-government organisations are also welcome to follow this protocol.

The financial and staffing implications arising from public holiday flag marshal duties in some states and territories are the responsibility of each organisation.

Information on flag protocol can be found at http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/symbols/flag.cfm.

Your assistance is appreciated.

Commonwealth Flag Officer

2 March 2015

Mrs Faith Bandler AC (1918 – 2015)

To All Flag Marshals:  For action in NSW only (optional elsewhere)

Australian National Flag to fly at Half-Mast

Tuesday 24 February 2015

State Funeral Service

Mrs Faith Bandler AC (1918 – 2015)

A State Funeral for Mrs Faith Bandler AC will take place at 11.00 am on Tuesday 24 February, in the Great Hall, University Place, The University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales.

In 1997, Mrs Bandler was awarded the Human Rights Medal and in 2003 she received a Centenary Medal. Mrs Bandler was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1984 in recognition of service to Aboriginal welfare. In 2009, Mrs Bandler was made a Companion of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the community through the advancement of human rights and social justice, and by raising public awareness and understanding of the cultural heritage of South Seas Islanders, and to women's issues.

As a mark of mourning and respect and in accordance with protocol, the Australian National Flag should be flown at half-mast all day on Tuesday 24 February 2015 in New South Wales only from all buildings and establishments occupied by Australian Government departments and affiliated agencies. Other organisations are welcome to participate.

In accordance with flag protocol, all flags and ensigns at each flag station should be flown at half-mast during daylight hours. However, should it be the custom to fly the flags of other nations at your flag station, it would be appropriate to seek permission from the diplomatic representatives of that nation to half-mast their flag.

Further information on the protocols for half-masting the Australian National Flag is at http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/symbols/flag.cfm.

Your assistance is appreciated.

Commonwealth Flag Officer

20 February 2015

The Honourable Evan Herbert Walker AO (1935 – 2015)

To All Flag Marshals:  For action in VIC only

Australian National Flag to fly at Half-Mast

Monday 23 February 2015

State Funeral Service

The Honourable Evan Herbert Walker AO (1935 – 2015)

A State Funeral Service for the Honourable Evan Herbert Walker AO will be held at 10.00am on Monday 23 February 2015 at Auburn Uniting Church, 81 Oxley Road, Hawthorn, Victoria.

Mr Walker was State Member for Melbourne from 1979-92, Minister for Conservation and Minister for Planning 1982-83, Minister of Public Works 1983-85, Minister for Planning and Environment 1983-86, Minister for Agriculture and Rural Affairs 1985-88, Minister for Industry, Technology and Resources 1988-89, Minister for Major Projects, Minister for the Arts and Minister responsible for Post-Secondary Education 1989-90, Deputy Opposition Leader Legislative Council 1979-82, Deputy Leader of Government Legislative Council 1982-83, Leader of Government Legislative Council 1983-90 and a distinguished member of many professional, community and advisory bodies.

In 1996, he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for service to architecture, town planning and the Victorian Parliament. He was also awarded the Centenary Medal in 2001 for service to planning and urban design in Victoria.

As a mark of mourning and respect and in accordance with protocol, the Australian National Flag should be flown at half-mast all day on Monday 23 February 2015 in Victoria only from all buildings and establishments occupied by Australian Government departments and affiliated agencies. Other organisations are welcome to participate.

In accordance with flag protocol, all flags and ensigns at each flag station should be flown at half-mast during daylight hours. However, should it be the custom to fly the flags of other nations at your flag station, it would be appropriate to seek permission from the diplomatic representatives of that nation to half-mast their flag.

Further information on the protocols for half-masting the Australian National Flag is at http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/symbols/flag.cfm.

Your assistance is appreciated.

Commonwealth Flag Officer

19 February 2015

Bombing Of Darwin 1942

To All Flag Marshals: For action in the NT only

BOMBING OF DARWIN 1942

Thursday 19 February 2015

The Northern Territory Government has requested half-masting of flags for ‘Bombing of Darwin Day’.

On 19 February 1942, mainland Australia came under attack for the first time when Japanese forces mounted two air raids on Darwin.  The two attacks involved 54 land-based bombers and approximately 188 attack aircraft which were launched from four Japanese aircraft-carriers in the Timor Sea.  The raids killed at least 243 people and between 300 and 400 were wounded.  Twenty military aircraft were destroyed, eight ships at anchor in the harbour were sunk and most civil and military facilities in Darwin were destroyed.

To mark the 73rd Commemoration of the Bombing of Darwin the Australian National Flag should be flown at half-mast on Thursday 19 February 2015 from dawn until noon in the Northern Territory, at which time the flag should be raised to the peak of the flag mast for the remainder of the day.  This advice applies to buildings and establishments occupied by Australian Government departments and affiliated agencies.  Other organisations are welcome to participate.

In accordance with flag protocol, all flags and ensigns at each flag station should be flown at half-mast during this time.  However, should it be the custom to fly the flags of other nations at your flag station, it would be appropriate to seek permission from the diplomatic representatives of that nation to half-mast their flag.

Further information on the protocols for half-masting the Australian National Flag is at http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/symbols/flag.cfm.

Your assistance is appreciated.

Commonwealth Flag Officer

16 February 2015

Anniversary of the Apology to Members of the Stolen Generations

To All Flag Marshals: Action Australia-wide

Anniversary of the Apology to Members of the Stolen Generations

Friday 13 February 2015

On 13 February 2008 the Australian Parliament made a formal apology to members of the Stolen Generations.  To recognise the anniversary of the occasion and in national recognition of Indigenous Australians, the Australian Aboriginal Flag and the Torres Strait Islander Flag should be flown on additional flagpoles, where available, next to or near the Australian National Flag on Australian Government buildings and establishments all day on Friday 13 February 2015.

If there is only one flagpole available at a flag station the Australian Aboriginal Flag or the Torres Strait Islander Flag should not replace the Australian National Flag.  But if two flagpoles are available, it is at the discretion of the authority concerned to determine which of the two flags is flown with the Australian National Flag.  The Australian Aboriginal Flag and the Torres Strait Islander Flag have equal status and may be flown in any order after the Australian National Flag.

Should it be the practice to fly other flags at the flag station, please refer to the Order of Precedence for flying the Australian National Flag along with other flags which can be found in the ‘Australian Flags’ booklet (http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/symbols/docs/australian_flags_excerpt.pdf).

State, territory and local government agencies as well as non-government organisations are also welcome to follow this protocol.

Your assistance is appreciated.

Commonwealth Flag Officer

9 February 2015

The Honourable Tom Uren AC (1921 – 2015)

To All Flag Marshals:  For action in ACT and NSW only

Australian National Flag to fly at Half-Mast

Wednesday 4 February 2015

State Funeral Service

The Honourable Tom Uren AC (1921 – 2015)

A State Funeral Service for the Honourable Tom Uren AC will take place at 11.00 am on Wednesday 4 February 2015 at the Sydney Town Hall, 483 George Street, Sydney, NSW.

Mr Uren was the Federal Minister for Local Government and Administrative Services from 1984-1987, Minister for Territories and Local Government from 1983-1984, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Community Development and Regional Affairs from 1983-1984 and Minister for Urban and Regional Development from 1972-1975.

In 1993, Mr Uren was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for service to the Australian Parliament, urban and regional development, the environment and the community. He was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2013 for eminent service to the community, particularly through contributions to the welfare of veterans, improved medical education in Vietnam and the preservation of sites of heritage and environmental significance.

As a mark of mourning and respect and in accordance with protocol, the Australian National Flag should be flown at half-mast all day on Wednesday 4 February 2015 in the Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales from all buildings and establishments occupied by Australian Government departments and affiliated agencies. Other organisations are welcome to participate.

In accordance with flag protocol, all flags and ensigns at each flag station should be flown at half-mast during daylight hours. However, should it be the custom to fly the flags of other nations at your flag station, it would be appropriate to seek permission from the diplomatic representatives of that nation to half-mast their flag.

Further information on the protocols for half-masting the Australian National Flag is at http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/symbols/flag.cfm.

Your assistance is appreciated.

Commonwealth Flag Officer

2 February 2015

His Majesty King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud

To: All Flag Marshals – Action Australia Wide and relevant overseas posts

Australian National Flag to fly at half-mast

Saturday 24 January 2015

His Majesty King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud

His Majesty King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, the Head of State of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, died on 23 January 2015.

As a mark of mourning and respect and in accordance with protocol, the Australian National Flag should be flown at half-mast all day on Saturday 24 January 2015 Australia wide from all buildings and establishments occupied by Australian Government departments and affiliated agencies.  Other organisations are welcome to participate.

In accordance with flag protocol, all flags and ensigns at each flag station should be flown at half-mast during daylight hours.  However, should it be the custom to fly the flags of other nations at your flag station, it would be appropriate to seek permission from the diplomatic representatives of that nation to half-mast their flag.

The financial and staffing implications arising from weekend flag marshal duties are the responsibility of each organisation.

Further information on the protocols for half-masting the Australian National Flag is at http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/symbols/flag.cfm.

Your assistance is appreciated.

Commonwealth Flag Officer

23 January 2015

Australia Day 2015

To All Flag Marshals: Action Australia-wide and action at Australian overseas posts

AUSTRALIA DAY – MONDAY 26 JANUARY 2015

Day of National Celebration

Australia Day is a time to celebrate the nation and people we have become.  We celebrate the history that has made us who we are; the country that we love and the values and institutions that underpin it.

To contribute to the national celebration and as a demonstration of national pride, and in accordance with flag protocol, all Australian Government departments and associated portfolio agencies should fly or display the Australian National Flag all day on Monday 26 January 2015.  Other organisations are welcome to participate.

The financial and staffing implications arising from public holiday flag marshal duties are the responsibility of each organisation.

Information on flag protocol can be found at http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/symbols/flag.cfm.

Your assistance is appreciated.

Commonwealth Flag Officer

20 January 2015

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Last Updated: 13 November, 2012