National Australia Flag
The National Flag of Australia consists of a blue field with the Union Jack (the flag of United Kingdom) in the upper left corner, below the Union Jack is a seven-point star, also known as "the Commonwealth Star." The constellation of the Southern Cross can be seen on the right side of the flag.
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Australian Flag Facts: Constellation, Color, Symbol, Pictures, History and Origin explained - What does the Australian flag look like and mean?
The Australian Flag has some key features that sets it apart from other flags of the world. It has a solid blue field with the Union Jack (Flag of the United Kingdom) in the upper right corner. Underneath the Union Jack, we see a seven-point star, known as "the Commonwealth Star." On the right side of the flag is The Southern Cross, a constellation found in the southern hemisphere.
The Australian Flag was actually created by a collection of people. In 1901, the first Prime Minister of Australia, Sir Edmund Barton set out to have an international public competition for the design of the new flag for the commonwealth of Australia. The winners of the competition, five people to be precise, would all see parts of their depiction make it into the final model.
- The Union Jack is for the history shared with Great Britain.
- The Commonwealth star stands for the culmination of the six federations of Australia.
- The Southern Cross is a popular constellation in the Southern Hemisphere,
Why does the Australian flag have the union jack?
The Australian flag has the Union Jack on it because of Australia's ties with the United Kingdom. Prior to being an independent nation, Australia was an expanded collection of colonies of Great Britain. Due to their long-standing history and wanting honor this, a prerequisite to use the Union Jack in the design was used in the public flag making competition. It is also thought that the Union Jack on the Australian flag was a way of pledging loyalty to Great Britain.
What is the meaning of the 6 stars on the Australian flag and what do the 5 stars represent?
The six stars on the Australian flag can be boiled down to both the Commonwealth star and the constellation of the Southern Cross. The Commonwealth Star is the seven-point star just below the Union Jack, it represents the coming together of the commonwealth of Australia. This star was originally a six point that stood for the original six Australian federations that banded together. A point was added to the star later for the new territory of Papua and to represent any future territories that Australia may have.
The five stars on the right of the flag are that of the Southern Cross. The Southern Cross is a constellation that is only visible to the southern hemisphere of the world and reflects Australia's geographical location. It is a prominent feature in the night sky and very recognizable to inhabitants on this side of the world. It is comparable in this aspect to the constellation of the Big Dipper in the Northern Hemisphere. The Sothern Cross was also a staple in navigation on the sea around Australia and as an homage to their roots of being sea farers.
Why are the Australia and New Zealand flags the same?
While most and parts of these flags are strikingly similar, the Australian and New Zealand flags are not the same. The biggest differences in these two is the lack of the Commonwealth Star on the New Zealand flag and the color of the constellation on each one. Both of these flags share the constellation of The Southern Cross, although differ in interpretation and presentation. The Australian flag has five white colored stars (four seven-point stars with one five-point), while the New Zealand flag has four red stars with a white outline (all five-point stars).
Just for Fun - Facts about the Australia Flag
- There are three flags that have significance in Australia. The first being the National flag of Australia with the Union Jack, Commonwealth Star and the Southern Cross. The second is the Australian Aboriginal Flag, which has a black top half, red bottom and yellow circle in the middle. The black represents the indigenous people, the red for the Earth and the yellow circle as the sun, which was honored as the giver of life. The third is that of the Torres Strait Islander Flag.
- One of the designers of the Australian Flag, Ivor Evans put the Southern Cross in the design as a reference to Dante and his four virtues; justice, prudence, temperance and fortitude.
- While being similar to that of Beta Centauri in regards to brightness and position with the Southern Cross, the Commonwealth Star does not share any official relation.
- Earlier versions of the Australian flag had Alpha and Beta Centauri as pointer stars.
- One of Australia's largest cities was almost named "Batmania."
- Kangaroos outnumber people in Australia.
- Australia gets its name from and was originally known as "Terra Australis," Latin for the "Southern Land."