FLAG QUIZ - Test your knowledge about our flag!
(For answers, see below)
You may realise that
flag is the only one to fly over an entire continent, but how much else do you
know about our chief national symbol? To
Day on 26 January, see how you score in the following quiz:
federation in 1901 the new Commonwealth Government held an open competition
calling for public input into the design of a flag.
Who provided the prize money for the
“flag design competition”?
of the above
opportunity to design a new flag for the new nation of
really captured the
public imagination. In proportion with
population now, how many entries would be needed to replicate the 1901
designs submitted featured ““every
kind of flora and fauna identifiable with
– sometimes all at
once”. Which of the
following were notincluded
on the would-be flags entered in the competition?
A kangaroo leaping through the constellation of the
Native animals playing cricket with a winged
A platypus with six babies representing the six
A fat kangaroo aiming a gun at the Southern Cross
people tied for the honour of designing our flag, and they shared in the 200
pound prize money (which was a substantial sum in 1901, described as equivalent
to the annual wage for an average worker). Match the description with the name of the winner below –
First Officer with Union Steamship Company of NZ
Teenage optician’s apprentice from Leichhardt in NSW
14 year old schoolboy from
Well-known artist from
Architect with the Melbourne & Metropolitan Board
FLAG QUIZ – for more information go to www.australianflag.org.au
FLAG QUIZ – Test your knowledge
about the Australian Flag! (cont)
Southern Cross featured on the flag is a constellation that can only be seen in
the night skies of the Southern hemisphere, and it also gives acknowledgement
to aboriginal Australians because it is so prominent in their mythology. What
is the name given to each of the stars in the Southern Cross?
National Flag Day marks the flag’s birthday. It was proclaimed by the
Governor-General in 1996 to ‘commemorate
the day in 1901 on which the Australian national flag was first flown’. What
day each year do we celebrate ‘Flag Day’?
famous Australian wrote the words:
’s flag shall fly
A spray of wattle bough
To symbolise our unity –
We’re all Australians now”
ANSWER 1 – d. The
Commonwealth provided seventy-five pounds, a journal called the “Review of
Reviews” provided seventy-five pounds, and the Havelock Tobacco Company gave
fifty pounds sponsorship.
ANSWER 2– c. There
were 32,823 entries from an estimated population in 1901 of around 3.6 million
…ie one per cent of the total population responded to the competition. This is equivalent to 200,000 entries today.
ANSWER 3 – c.
ANSWER 4: (a) =
(iii), (b) = (iv), (c) = (ii), (d) = (v),
(e) = (i)
ANSWER 5: The formal
name of the Southern Cross is “Crux Australis” and the individual stars are
named by the first five letters of the Greek alphabet in order of brightness –
(clockwise from the bottom star) Alpha,
Beta, Gamma, Delta & Epsilon.
ANSWER 6: Australian National Flag Day is celebrated on 3
September each year -the winning design for the flag competition was unveiled
on 3 September 1901.
ANSWER 7 - c. A.B. “Banjo”
, during World War I.
We’re all proud to be Australians, and it is on days such as
that we can show it! For more
information about our flag (history and protocol
etc), go to the “Home Page” for the Australian flag – www.australianflag.org.au .