Today marks the 118th anniversary of the first time our flag was flown at the ceremonial opening site of the first Parliament of Australia.
On 3 September 1901, the then Prime Minister Edmund Barton announced the winners of the Australian flag design competition in Melbourne.
Following the announcement, the new Australian National Flag was flown over the dome of the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne for all to see.
Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Ben Morton, said this was an important part of Australia’s history and one we should all celebrate.
“I encourage all Australians to display our flag proudly today, or take part in a flag raising ceremony and learn about the history of this national icon,” Assistant Minister Morton said.
“Our national flag is a symbol of great importance and unites us all in pride for our country. It is fitting we use this historic day as a way to celebrate our rich national history.
“The Australian Flag flies high on flagpoles, is waived by patriotic crowds, and sewn proudly onto the uniforms of men and women serving our nation. It is hoisted high on days of celebration, and it sombrely unites us in times of commemoration, sadness and mourning.
“I encourage everyone to join their local community’s flag raising ceremony—whether it be your school, club, association or workplace—and learn more about our national flag and its history.”
To learn more about the Australian National Flag visit www.pmc.gov.au/flag.