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[citation needed]. The Australian flag with the Aboriginal flag in place of the Union Jack. The position of the Aboriginal flag in ascendancy is controversial.
Flag of Australia New.png 1979 All Australian Flag (by Athol Kelly)[3] A vertical 1:2 bicolour of blue (charged with the Southern Cross and the Commonwealth Star) and gold (charged with a green kangaroo facing west). This design mirrors that of the flag of Northern Territory and the flag of the Australian Capital Territory.
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][4] A golden Sun rising behind a red bar (representing the earth/blood) in a dark blue sky with the Southern Cross in the canton.
Ashok Nallawalla proposal 1 for Australia.png 1998 Ash Nallawalla's proposal[5] 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 uniquely Australian. It is tool weapon and musical instrument representing technology, science and art. The Southern Cross is the constellation of our nation. It is the states, the constitution, our democracy and our dreams. Our colours are green and gold. Green is the environment – plants and animals, the air, the water, the land. Gold is the economy – industry, commerce, mining and agriculture. Southern Cross and Boomerang is a harmony with green and gold.
Seven Golden Stars 2004.svg 2004 Seven Golden Stars (by Robert Vose) in Green & Gold [6] 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 [7] 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 [8] 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.)

Australian Flag New Version 4 E R Cattoni.jpg

2006 All Australian Flag (by E.R.Cattoni) [9]

A simple landscape design of an Australian sky with yellow/golden sandy coastal beaches or inland deserts with green tropical forests or grasslands. Retains the current flag’s blue background with white stars. Australia is surrounded by blue oceans plus white surf on our beaches plus the white heat of the outback.

Upper hoist (canton) of the flag has white seven pointed Federation Star and the fly has the Southern Cross.

Yellow and green stripes are set parallel at the bottom of the flag - Our official sporting colours.

Designed in © 2006 by Edward R. Cattoni http://cattoni.wixsite.com/new-australian-flag/new-australian-flag-version-4

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-colour. Merges elements of both the current Australian Flag and the Aboriginal Flag.
AdvanceAustraliaNationalFlagProposal.png 2011 Russell Kennedy' proposal[3]
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 [10] 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 C. Blaxland's proposal[11]
Australian Flag Proposal (Southern Horizon).svg 2014 Southern Horizon (by Brett Moxey)[12][13] 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.
Southern Field Australian Flag Proposal.svg 2014 Southern Field (by Steven Squires) Inspired by the Southern Horizon Flag (see above), the Southern Field combines the Southern Cross and Federation Star from the current Australian National Flag, and adds the national colours green and gold as parallel bands.
Australian Flag New E. R. Cattoni.jpg 2015 E. R. Cattoni's proposal [14] Retains the Australian Commonwealth Star and Southern Cross on a blue background, separated by a yellow, green and white stylised boomerang. The yellow and green represent green and gold of the National colours of Australia.
Golden Commonwealth Flag.svg 2015 Golden Commonwealth[15] In the canton of the flag there is the Commonwealth Star rendered gold as it is upon the Coat of Arms of Australia. On the right hand side is the Australian version of the Southern Cross. Both are upon a green background which combines the National colours of Australia green and gold together.
Southern Unity.svg 2015 Southern Unity At the bottom of the flag the blue waters of the ocean lap against the wide flat golden continent with the green coastal edge. The Southern Cross shines above the continent in the night sky framed by two stylised boomerangs honouring the original inhabitants. The boomerangs also represent human creativity and ingenuity and are interlocked representing the unity, peace and intermixing of all people who have come to live on the southern continent.
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2015 The Golden Wattle flag The flag design features a stylised Golden Wattle blossom centred on a green or blue background. The Golden Wattle is one of Australia's most enduring symbols: It has been a part of Aboriginal culture for thousands of years, it’s the inspiration behind the national colours of Australia - green and gold, and is the official floral emblem of Australia. The wattle emblem is made up of smaller spherical flowers. Each flower is arranged in a circle to create the Commonwealth Star in the centre.[16]
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Aussie Natural Country Colours Flag.png
2016 Natural Colours of our Country Flag This flag design is inspired by the natural colours and shape of the Australian country. The black and red layers are inspired by the Australian Aboriginal flag (representing the earth and the night sky respectively as well as the Aboriginal peoples and their connection to the land). The blue layer represents the seas and waterways as well as Australia's history as part of the Commonwealth and our current Australian Flag. The yellow country represents the sun (giver of life) and sandy shores and wheat farms. The green represents the bush and trees. Together the green and gold produce the Golden Wattle and the National colours of Australia. Australians are people of all colours, shapes, cultures and sizes. All of these differences and our countries natural beauty makes Australia unique. This flag could be a good flag for a new Australian Republic.[17]
Australian Flag Design Boomerang Island Home.png
Australian Southern Cross Boomerang Island.png
2016 Boomerang Island Home Flag Features the boomerang, a symbol and tool from Aboriginal Australian culture, but also representative of our country in the shape of an A. The flag is girt by sea and beach like our country.[18]
Unity Flag 2016 Unity Flag The Unity Flag takes the Australian Federation star, with a golden chevron, or boomerang on a blue field. The flag is designed to represent the rich history of Australia, and unite Australia under a symbol of inclusivity and diversity. The eight pointed extends the current flag, adding a first point for Australia's first peoples and reflecting the Eureka and Federation flags. The golden boomerang incorporates the national sporting gold into the design while retaining the blue and white of Australia's current flag.[19]
Golden Banner 2016 Golden Banner Redesign proposal for a new Australian flag. It is constituted by the country's national colours, with the aboriginal sun representing the indigenous population of the land prior colonisation; as well as the 16 seven pointed stars representing each state and territory, which surrounds the sun as a symbol of unity between the two people.[20]
Alternative Flag for Australia - PETER ROSS.png 2016 The Sun and The Stars By Peter Ross
Red Heart Flag 2017 Red Heart Flag By Fred Rieben. Pilbara Red, Tassie Green and Aussie Gold.
Eureka Australis 2017 Eureka Australis As stated by the name, this proposal is inspired by the Eureka flag. It takes from it the eight pointed star - which also symbolises the first federation flag, as well as the aboriginal people of the country -, with 4 seven-pointed stars on top of the cross. Unlike the original Eureka flag, the cross goes through the flag from extreme to extreme to resemble the St. George cross as a mean of depicting the country's British heritage. It uses Australia's national colours, plus white which provides a smoother transition between the yellow and green.[21]
Under the Southern Cross Australia Flag (By Justin R Smith).svg
2017 Under the Southern Cross Flag The Under the Southern Cross (By Justin R Smith) flag reflects all of Australia’s natural beauty. Australia’s official flora is represented in the colours green and gold. The Golden Wattle, which is Australia’s National flower. Australia’s official fauna is represented by a Kangaroo. The Kangaroo is white to symbolise peace. The Southern Cross constellation represents Australia’s position on Earth as being in the Southern Hemisphere. Each star has 8 points instead of 7 except for the centre star (Epsilon Crucis) which has 5 points. The 8-pointed stars represent the unity of the states and territories. The reason behind the extra point is that in 2018 the Northern Territory is expected to hold a referendum granting them statehood. Should this go ahead Australia will have 7 states. The other point is for the ACT like on the current Australian Flag. There is no single Commonwealth/ Federation star, instead it could be said that there are four. Regardless of the results in the NT there are many modern and past Australian Flags that have contained an 8-pointed Southern Cross stars including, The Eureka Stockade flag (1854), The National Colonial Flag (1881), NSW Ensign/ Australian Ensign (1832), Herald Federal Flag, the first flag of Australia from 1901–1903, the first Official National Australian Flag and also modern ones like the New South Wales, Victoria and the Northern Territory flags.

Sporting flags[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Ausflag - Proposed flag for sport events.svg 2013– Proposed Australian sporting flag (from Ausflag)[22] The Southern Cross on a blue field with two vertical bands (green and gold) on the left edge.

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References[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 ac "A New Flag for Australia?". Flags Australia. Flag Society of Australia. 2012. 
  4. ^ "Inspiration". The Sunburnt Flag. Stephen Berry. 2016. 
  5. ^ "A New Design for a Future Australian Flag". crm911. Ashok Nallawalla. 1998. 
  6. ^ IP Australia,IP Australia Design Number 200415541
  7. ^ IP Australia, IP Australia Design Number 200415542
  8. ^ IP Australia, IP Australia Design Number 200510454
  9. ^ IP Australia
  10. ^ IP Australia, IP Australia Design Number 200415426 for the generic design
  11. ^ Pearlman, Jonathan (27 January 2013). "New flag proposed for Australia". The Telegraph. United Kingdom: Telegraph Media Group. 
  12. ^ "IP Australia: Design Number 201410388". IP Australia. 28 February 2014. Retrieved 3 February 2015. 
  13. ^ "Southern Horizon Flag – Facebook". Retrieved 3 February 2015. 
  14. ^ "New Australian Flag with Boomerang". 
  15. ^ "Golden Commonwealth". Facebook. Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  16. ^ "The Golden Wattle flag". 
  17. ^ "New Australian Flag? (For a Reconciled Republic)". 
  18. ^ "Natural Colours of Australia". 
  19. ^ "The Unity Flag". 
  20. ^ "Golden Banner". 
  21. ^ "Eureka Australis". 
  22. ^ "Ausflag unveils new Aussie flag to be used at sporting events". news.com.au. 27 January 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2015. 

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