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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Sydney Cove postage stamp mural, 1980s
This three-panel mural produced by Alban Watkins to commemorate Australia's bicentenary in 1988, shows lthe flag-raising ceremony at Sydney Cove in 1788. Made of postage stamps, this mural is one of a series of three. Courtesy: The family of the late Alban Watkins. National Museum of Australia. Photo: George Serras.
Sydney postage stamp mural, 1980s
Another three-panel postage stamp mural produced by Alban Watkins to commemorate Australia's bicentenary in 1988, this work shows the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney skyline. A more recent flag-raising ceremony is depicted in the lower left of the mural. Courtesy: The family of the late Alban Watkins. National Museum of Australia. Photo: George Serras.
'Australians all let us rejoice' commemorative plate, about 1988
Cathy Freeman at the Commonwealth Games photograph, 1994
Political poster, 1999
The flag is employed in the debate over whether Australia should become a republic in this poster from the Australians for Constitutional Monarchy. Australians voted against a proposal for Australia to become a republic at a referendum in 1999. National Museum of Australia. Photo: Jason McCarthy.