FAQ

1. Care of your Flag

2. Life of a Flag

3. Protocol

Most enquiries we receive fall into the following sub-sections. But if you require other or more detailed information, the handy paperback book published by the Australian Government titled Australian Flags is available free from your local Federal Member of Parliament at the time of writing this article. There are a number of these paperbacks in the series but only Australian Flags deals with this subject. If it’s not available when you call, they can get it in for you. Insist upon it!

4. How do I stop my flag wrapping around the pole

5. What Format should my artwork be in?

6. Do you make double sided flags?

7. Choosing the right size flag table & Common sizes of flags and poles

8. Foreign flags of official proportions

9. History of the Australian Flag

How do I stop my Flag wrapping around the pole?

A flag flying on a flagpole which is off  vertical will wrap itself around the pole and defiantly refuse to unwrap itself!   Very annoying!  The trick is to build in a stiffener along  the top edge of the flag and keeping this edge at right angles to the pole.

This can be achieved by using a Flags of All Nations Anti-Furl Device as shown in the Data Sheet.

Pictured  are several  examples of the Anti-Furl Device at two of Brisbane’s premier hotels.  If you have this wrapping problem,  best talk to us to assess the solution and what we can do to help.

Here are some good examples of ‘Anti-Furl’

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What format should my Artwork be in?

We prefer Adobe Illustrator, .eps or .ai, but if you do not have this, we can work with whatever files you send.

6. Do you make double sided flags?

Yes, but first, may we ask you, is this necessary? Flags commonly present as a mirror image on the reverse side, i.e. as seen when the flag is flying to the left of the pole. Some military flags have to have insignia “reading correctly” on both sides of the flag, for obvious reasons. And some logos don’t make sense when shown as a mirror image. But the human brain is a marvellous instrument and makes sense of “backward facing” images such as text. (Test this out for yourself: next time you see a flag with text on it and it is flying to the left of the pole, the text is reading backwards and you will understand it, trust me! Of course if the text is small it will probably be illegible on a moving flag whether it is reading either way! So it doesn’t matter if small text is mirrored on the reverse side.

But the answer is yes, we can make a double sided flag, and we will make it as light as possible so that it will lift in a light breeze using one of a number of techniques we have developed over the years. Send us your image and we will discuss it with you to achieve the best possible outcome

7. Choosing the right size Flag & Common sizes of Flags and Poles

The traditional relationship of flag size to the height it flies is one yard of flag (horizontal dimension) to every 3m of pole.

Read more to view the Flag Dimensions and Pole Height chart >>

8. Foreign Flags of official proportions

In Australia it is common for all foreign national flags to be made to the same 2 : 1 proportions as the Australian flag, so that  when flown in a line of flags they all look the same size,  giving rise to the term “Made to Australian Standard”!  However there is often a need for a foreign national to be made to its official proportions.   Flags of All Nations makes flags to any size or proportion,  and if one of official proportions  is destined to fly beside the Australian flag, we can make it to the same AREA so that it will look the same size and therefore not breach flag etiquette.

9. History of the Australian Flag

1 January 1901   The six colonies united to form the Commonwealth of Australia.  The Australian Government announced a competition to design two flags, one for official use,  one for merchant ships.

3 September 1901   Five almost identical designs out of 30,000 entries were chosen, and a large flag of that design was flown above the Exhibition Building in Melbourne.

February 1903   The four main stars of the Southern Cross, formerly with different numbers of points to represent their relative brilliance at night, changed to seven points.

December 1908   The original six pointed star representing the six states was changed to include the territories — Papua alone then,  and any future territories.

15 March 1941   Prime Minister Menzies issued a press statement recommending the flying of the blue ensign as a national emblem on public buildings and schools.

24 February 1947   Prime Minister Chifley expressed support for a wider use of the blue ensign.  (Until now the Union Jack of the UK was also regarded as the flag of Australia.)

1951 King George VI endorsed the government’s recommendations to use the blue ensign as the Australian national flag.

December 1953     The Flags Act was passed by the Australian Parliament proclaiming the Australian blue ensign as the national flag, and the Australian red ensign for merchant ships registered in Australia.

14 February 1954   The Flags Act was signed into law by Queen Elizabeth II when she opened parliament.

24 March 1998   The Flag Amendment Act amended the Flags Act ensuring that the  Australian national flag can only be changed with the agreement of the Australian electorate.

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The winning design from, incredibly, over 30,000 entries.

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The five stars of the Southern Cross changed from 5, 6, two at 7, and 8 points to one at 5 and four at 7 points.

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The original 6-pointed Commonwealth Star was replaced by 7 points to include the territories.

The above data was taken from the handbook Australian Flags published by the Australian Government and available free from your local Federal Member.

If you have other questions suitable for this FAQ page, we’d love to hear from you.

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