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Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Old Fashion Flag Burning

I am reading David Day's Chifley at the moment. Anyway, there is an interesting passage about how a Union Jack was burnt by some radicals in 1921. This pissed the conservatives off very much so much so that they burnt the Australian Flag as an act of revenge.

This interesting for a few reasons. One, it shows that the Australian flag has not always been the symbol that has united Australians and it was actually more a symbol of a rejection of the empire than it is seen as today. Two, it clearly was not respected by all either. I wonder if people who get so upset at flag burning nowdays realise that this occurs.


  • At 1:04 am, December 08, 2004, Blogger Market Power said…

    Which was the flag they burnt? The blue ensign wasn't really in popular use at that time.

  • At 11:05 pm, December 08, 2004, Blogger B. S. Fairman said…

    I looked into it a bit and it was the probably the blue ensign as it was part of Labor party rally and I have seen them in photos of the era (all be it in black and white but it looks like would have been blue, not red). Part of the reason it was as popular was because it was a semi-symbol of rejection of the empire. Hence, the popularity of the red ensign.

    By the way, I don't actually mind the flag and don't really care if it is changed or not.


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