List of proposed Australian flags

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This is a list comprising flags publicly suggested as alternatives to the current flag of Australia.

National flags[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Eureka Flag.svg 1854 Eureka Flag[1][2] The battle flag of the Eureka Stockade featured the five stars of the constellation Crux Australis in white on a white cross and blue field.
Australian Flag with Aboriginal Flag.svg ?? Proposed new Australian flag. The Australian flag with the Aboriginal flag in place of the Union Jack. The position of the Aboriginal flag in 'ascendancy' is controversial.
1979 All Australian Flag (by Athol Kelly)[3] A vertical 1:2 bicolour of green (charged with the Southern Cross and the Commonwealth Star) and gold (charged with a green kangaroo facing east).
1982 A weekly finalist in the Daily Telegraph flag design competition (by Ralph Kelly)[3] A blue field with the Commonwealth Star and the Southern Cross separated by a yellow boomerang.
1983 Fair Dinkum Flag (by John Williamson)[3]
1984 Southern Cross Flag (by Tony Burton)[3] The Southern Cross slanted to the left on a dark blue field with a white stripe above a thicker red stripe at the bottom.
Friedensreich Hundertwasser Proposal for Australia.svg 1986 Down Under flag (by Friedensreich Hundertwasser) [3] Uluru positioned to show "Australia holding the earth from down under".
Wayne Stokes Proposal for Australia.svg 1986 Winner of the Ausflag 88 flag competition (by Wayne Stokes)[3] A blue field with the Southern Cross in the canton and a thin white stripe above a thicker red stripe at the bottom.
Lunn-Dyer and Associates Proposal for Australia.svg 1987 Lunn-Dyer and Associates' proposal[3] A green kangaroo overlaying an orange sun on a white field.
Charles and Ralph Bartlett Proposal for Australia.svg 1992 Charles and Ralph Bartlett's proposal[3] Southern Cross with national colours.
1992 Winning design in Adelaide Advertiser flag competition (by John Bartholomew) [3] A stylised golden kangaroo on a green field with the Southern Cross in the canton.
David Couzens Proposal for Australia.svg 1993 Joint first winning design in Channel 9 A Current Affair flag competition (by David Couzens)[3] A vertical tricolour of black, gold and green with the Southern Cross in the black band.
1993 Winning entry of Ausflag 1993 national flag competition (by Mark Tucker)[3]
1993 George Poulos' proposal[3] The rising sun of the ANZACs is the primary icon of Australia.
1994 Harold Scruby's proposal[3] A black kangaroo overlaying a golden sun on a red field (incorporates the Aboriginal colours).
Ken Done Proposal for Australia.svg 1994 Ken Done's proposal[3] A golden Southern Cross on a blue field.
1995 True Blue flag (by John Williamson)[3] A vertical bicolour of blue (charged with the Southern Cross) and brown (charged with a leaping kangaroo facing west).
1996 A flag for us all, renamed as the "All Australian Flag" in 2008 (by James Parbery)[3] A large gold sixteen-pointed star surrounded by four white seven-pointed stars and one white six-pointed star on a blue field.
1997 All Australian Flag (from Yahoo Serious)[3] A large gold kangaroo standing on a thin white stripe on top of a thicker red stripe and facing the Southern Cross in the canton on a blue field.
1997 Reconciliation Flag (by Russell Kennedy)[3] A red and black flag divided to the left of centre by the shape of a kangaroo facing west and a gold Southern Cross in the fly.
1998 Sunburnt Flag (by Stephen Berry)[3] A golden Sun sinking behind a red bar (representing the desert) in a dark blue sky with the Southern Cross in the canton.
Ashok Nallawalla proposal 1 for Australia.png 1998 Ash Nallawalla's proposal[4] A design based on the Canadian flag that scales well and is amenable to use on medals, roundels and other objects.
1999 A new national flag (by Dylan Crawfoot)[3]
1999 Peter Markwick's proposal[3] A gold kangaroo on a green field with the Commonwealth Star in the canton, the Southern Cross in the fly and a gold band at the bottom.
Ausflag 2000 a.svg 2000 Winning entry of the Ausflag 2000 flag design competition.[3] A blue field with the Southern Cross in the fly and a large gold Commonwealth star in the canton.
2000 Second prize in Ausflag 2000 competition (by George Margaritis)[3] A gold kangaroo on a blue and red field with a large Commonwealth Star in the fly.
Flagoz.jpg 2004 Southern Cross and Boomerang (by Fred Rieben)[3]

When hung indoors by the hoist (stars at top) we see Australia: SKY, SEA, BEACH and BUSH

The Boomerang is a unique symbol of Australia. It is tool, weapon and musical instrument which can represent technology, science and art. The Southern Cross is the constellation of Australia. It includes the Australian colours which are green and gold. Green can represent the environment - plants and animals, the air, the water, the land. Gold can represent the economy - industry, commerce, mining and agriculture.
Seven Golden Stars 2004.svg 2004 Seven Golden Stars (by Robert Vose) in Green & Gold [5] Seven Golden Stars includes the stars from the Southern Cross, the Commonwealth Star and the Sun from the Aboriginal Flag. The flag has a 9:14 ratio and the stars are arranged symmetrically.
Seven Golden Stars COA.jpg 2004 Seven Golden Stars (by Robert Vose) with Australian Coat of Arms in fly [6] This version of Seven Golden Stars includes the unmodified Australian Coat of Arms in the fly. (Note: for legal reasons the Coat of Arms are covered and the words "Not Official" are superimposed over the supporters.)
Seven Golden Stars with the Australian Coat of Arms (covered).jpg 2005 Seven Golden Stars (by Robert Vose) Commonwealth of Australia State Flag [7] This version of Seven Golden Stars is in green and gold and includes the Australian Coat of Arms with a stylised Commonwealth Star and torse. (Note: for legal reasons the Coat of Arms are covered.)
2009 Wendy Davies' proposal[3] A leaping green kangaroo on a yellow field. Symbolises the legends and totemic beliefs of Aboriginal Australians and the spirit of the nation.
Australian Flag Proposal by Dean Thomas.gif 2010 Dean Thomas' proposal[3] The Commonwealth Star on a black and red bi-color. Merges elements of both the current Australian Flag and the Aboriginal Flag.
Michael Iacuone Proposal for Australia.svg 2012 Australia Blue flag (by Michael Iacuone)[3] The stripes express the geographic width of the continent, red for the land and blue for the rivers.
2012 Ralph Kelly's proposal[3] An update of a 1982 design (see above) - removing the Commonwealth Star as irrelevant and creating a "green and gold" element.
Seven Golden Stars 2012.svg 2012 Seven Golden Stars (by Robert Vose) in Blue & Gold [8] Seven Golden Stars includes the stars from the Southern Cross, the Commonwealth Star and the Sun from the Aboriginal Flag. This version of the flag uses the main design with a blue background.
2013 Dr John Blaxland's proposal[9]
Australian Flag Proposal (Southern Horizon).svg 2014 Southern Horizon (by Brett Moxey) The familiar Australian Commonwealth Star and Southern Cross above the Australian National colours of Green and Gold in waves to represent the Australian landscape, from the beach to the dunes of the outback.
Green and Gold Australian Flag Concept.png 2014 Green and Gold Australian Flag Concept (2014) A flag concept created by an ordinary Australian citizen. Simplistic in design it will be easily recognised as Australian and uses commonalities that many flags share, a simple colour based design that divides the flag in two horizontally.

Sporting flags[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Ausflag - Proposed flag for sport events.svg 2013- Proposed Australian sporting flag (from Ausflag) The Southern Cross on a blue field with two vertical bands (green and gold) on the left edge.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Tate, Andrew (27 March 2006). "Sporting the flag that really matters, a Eureka moment". The Age. Retrieved 29 Nov 2013. 
  2. ^ Onken, Annika (2009). Issues in Australian Studies: National Identity. GRIN Verlag. p. 4. ISBN 3640474287. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab "A New Flag for Australia?". Flags Australia. Flag Society of Australia. 2012. 
  4. ^ "A New Design for a Future Australian Flag". crm911. Ashok Nallawalla. 1998. 
  5. ^ IP Australia,IP Australia Design Number 200415541
  6. ^ IP Australia, IP Australia Design Number 200415542
  7. ^ IP Australia, IP Australia Design Number 200510454
  8. ^ IP Australia, IP Australia Design Number 200415426 for the generic design
  9. ^ Pearlman, Jonathan (27 January 2013). "New flag proposed for Australia". The Telegraph (United Kingdom: Telegraph Media Group).