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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Flag burning for 'Invasion Day' photograph, 2006
On 26 January 1788 the First Fleet arrived in Sydney, proclaiming British sovereignty over the eastern seaboard of Australia. The day is now formally recognised as 'Australia Day', a national day of celebration and a public holiday. For many Indigenous Australians, however, the day marks the beginning of a continuing struggle against dispossession and cultural loss. In this photograph, Indigenous activists burn an Australian flag in Brisbane on 26 January 2006 to commemorate 'Invasion Day'. Photo: Duncan Pullen.
Please note: The National Museum of Australia does not necessarily endorse the uses of the flag depicted in this image.
Two girls on Australia Day photograph, 2007
Lone Pine memorial photograph, 2007
Gallipoli crowd photograph, 2007
The Australian flag and the green and gold are clearly visible during a commemorative service at Gallipoli in 2007. Photo: John Lafferty.
Pauline Hanson photographic portrait, 2007
Emma Phillips, a Melbourne-based photographer, entered this portrait of Queenslander and former politician Pauline Hanson in the 2009 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize. Taken in 2007, Phillips' portrayal of Hanson as an 'Aussie battler' cleaning up Australia's national image satirises Hanson's strident nationalism. Photo: Emma Phillips.