Australian flag imagery slideshow
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Australia's national flag was the Union Jack until it was officially replaced by the blue ensign. The ensign combines the Union Jack with the stars of the Southern Cross.
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'Unmasking the peace loan' poster, 1914-1918
The Union Jack, blue ensign and Australian coat of arms are combined with an image of an Australian Navy ship in this First World War poster. Courtesy: Australian War Memorial, negative no. ART V00010.
Hebel State School photograph, 1920
Souvenir cup commemorating the opening of Federal Parliament in Canberra, 1927
Souvenir poster of the Duke and Duchess of York's Australasia tour, 1927
This poster by PA Manton marked the Duke and Duchess of York's visit to Australia in 1927 to inaugurate the new capital and recently constructed Parliament House, at the invitation of federal parliament, and to the delight of the large crowds who greeted them. The Australian blue ensign and the Union Jack frame the top of the poster. Other iconic Australian symbols include the boomerang, kangaroo, emu, kookaburra, wattle and the waratah flower. National Museum of Australia. Photo: Matt Kelso.