Australian flag is a consistent unit of the national symbolics. Sice this time it has been considerably changed, but the picture of the Union Jack, that depicts the fact that this contry has been a British colony for more than hundred years was always a part of the flag.
The history of the flag
This flag has been used since 1901. Soon after the Australian union was founded, the government of the country announced the national contest. In the frame of this contest thousands variamts were sent but the king and the citizens chose this variant designed by the group of four Australia citizens and one men comng from New Zealand. In two years with a slightly different desighn this flag was approved as an official symbol of the country.
The flag`s shape
Three coulours are used on the main national symbol of the country: red, white and blue but the last one is dominant. The flag consists of a blue field with a Union Jack in the upper left quater on the right of it there are five white starrs and a large seven pointed star also known as a Commonwealth star.
The symbolic meaning of the flag
The blue colour of the field is not only a traditional symbol of fairness and devotion but also symbolises the ocean the coutry is washed from all sites. It is also a sign of respect of to the first colonists who reached the country by the sea. The Union Jack depicts the the country was under the power of Great Britain from 1788 till 1901.
Total area:7,741,220 km2
Formation:1. 1. 1901
Currency:australian dollar (AUD)