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What was the reason for the Australian Flag?
February 12, 2015 11:10AM
In the 1901 Federal Flag design competition many designers in australia were given the chance to design the new australian flag with a big cash prize waiting for the winner. The winner was then chosen by a committee of British Officers and the design was submitted to the Imperial Authourities for approval .
The reason for this competition was the need for an official federal flag.
The Union Jack was for the obvious reason that Australia was at the time a British Colony within the British Empire, and the Australian government being tied with the UK's. The stars represent the Southern Cross, a collection of stars usually visible in the southern hemisphere.