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The Australian Flag

The Australian Flag

Colonial relic or contemporary icon?

By Carol Foley


The present flag Australian was designed in 1901. This book provides an objective and balanced basis upon which you can answer the fundamental questions:

  • Why does Australia have a flag?
  • What flags and emblems has Australia had?
  • Who has the legal power to decide whether or not the Australian flag needs to be changed and, if it does, who has the power to choose the new design?

Everything is here, including an expansive selection of illustrations which range from topical cartoons through to colour reproductions of most of the Australian Flags (past, present and proposed), to enable you, the reader, to make up your own mind about the Great Flag Debate.


The Origin and Significance of Flags

The History of the British Flags and the Development of the Flags of the Australian Colonies

The Quest for an Australian National Flag

The Winning Designs: Form, colour and symbolism

The Legal Status of the Australian National Flag

Civil Liberties and the Australian National Flag

The Great Flag Debate: the choice


Endnotes/ Select Bibliography/ Index


Published January 1996
Publisher The Federation Press
ISBN 9781862871885
Australian RRP $33.00
International Price $30.00
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Secondary School Resources
Australian History / Studies
Government / Political Studies

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