Empire Day – a snapshot

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Empire Day was introduced in Australia in 1905. Eventually, in 1958, it became Commonwealth Day. Empire Day was celebrated on May 24th, the birthday of Queen Victoria (1819 – 1901). Empire Day presents some complexity to flag history. In review of the various photographs showing Empire Day celebration, some show the Union Jack as the […]

Seaman who attacked Flag received tax-paid expenses for sport

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9th May 2018: Canberra – Department of Defence The Department of Defence revealed that Australian Navy seaman, Micqaella O’Shane, based in Cairns, received $736 in tax-paid expenses for participation in rugby events, only two months after she had attacked the Australian National Flag, ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day on Facebook. On Australia Day, 2017, O’Shane posted […]

100th Anniversary of the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux

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April 25th, 2018: Villers-Bretonneux, Somme, France Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Prince Charles and French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe attended the ANZAC Day dawn service at the Australian World War One Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux in the Somme in northern France. This marked the 100th anniversary of one of Australia’s historic battles here on the Western Front. […]

Editorial: The Commonwealth Games debacle

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At the 2018 Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast our athletes performed brilliantly and did us proud. They waved the Flag, and we were delighted with their well-earned successes. But, sadly, the debacle of the non-broadcast of the athletes of all competing nations, including our own Flag bearer, Kurt Fearnley (pictured) at the closing ceremony, […]

ANZAC Day Memorial in Zonnebeke, Belgium

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On ANZAC Day at 6 am Belgian time (2 pm Sydney time), the traditional dawn service will be held at the Commonwealth Buttes New British War Cemetery near Zonnebeke, Belgium. This location is along what used to be the Western Front of World War One. Here the Battle of Passchendaele, between Allied and German forces, […]