The indigenous culture

Australian history has the oldest continuous culture on earth – the Australian Aboriginals, from 57,000 years ago. In the 21 century Aboriginal culture in Australia is a big part of our identity even though the population of Aborigines is small.

Military History

Australian history and identity are also linked to our military history. Like many nations Australia has emerged out of bloody conflict. The frontier wars, where the British invaded, and hundreds if not thousands of Aboriginals died.

From Federation, the ADF has been involved in many wars. The Boer war, the First and Second World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf, Afghanistan, Iraq and ISIL war. Approximately 100,000 Australian soldiers died because of war with the aim of protecting citizens and allies from invaders and to keep the peace, liberty and rights we have.

Artists as well as all Australian citizens have the right to express their opinions on national identity and patriotism. The Southern Cross or “Crux Australis” image has been a visual part of many flags in Australia’s history such as the British white, red and blue ensigns the Anti transportation league flag the Eureka flag and ADF flags. The Southern Cross is an essential part of Australia’s culture and identity.

The Australian Landscape

Seventy five percent of Australia is arid and flat, with large areas of red earth. The sky on a cloudless night looks spectacular in the Red Centre, as there is no light pollution. The beaches are pristine with golden sands, eucalyptus and wattle trees that are ubiquitous in most coastal parts of Australia. These are the “True Colours” of Australia.

Vexillography (flag design)

Vexillography can be categorised into various archetypes. The design I am presenting is a two-part horizontal with central insignia. Other archetypes are three-part vertical with a central insignia like the Canadian flag. Or a canton with a striped field like the American flag or the British radiating design. There are also colour field with central insignia designs and there are many three-part horizontal designs. Horizontal designs generally look more appealing in flight.

Flag designs should be simple in structure, shape and form. They may have several colours like the South African flag or rainbow flag. Both rely on their structure to resolve the aesthetic form.


Since British settlement a massive amount of infrastructure has been built amounting trillions of dollars, as required for a population of 25 million. The horizon line is also a metaphor for infrastructure which is generally linear such as roads, rail, the electricity grid, gas, water, sewage pipes and optical fibre.

Cultural Diversity and Solidarity

Possibly the most important qualities of a civil society are multiculturalism and social cohesion or solidarity. Empathy and knowledge of different cultural groups and individuals help us relate to one another, this concept should be consciously promoted at a national level.

By unifying the divide at the national aesthetic level between the blue ensign and the indigenous flags, I think this would help promote the unification of white, indigenous and multicultural Australians.

Currently blue ensign supporters tend to be conservative monarchists. Some are outright racist. As such the indigenous aesthetic is seen as a minority concern and not considered as important. The fact is, it’s uniquely Australian and inherently important.

The “Aussie colours” green and gold are another aesthetic offshoot often associated with sport and to some extent the Australian Republic Movement.

One of the most visible images in the world’s media is the Australian national flag. It would be far more beneficial to Australia if the national design presented a modern multicultural independent nation to the world while simultaneously also reflecting the social cohesion to its citizens.

Australia’s multicultural, multifaith and secular society in the twenty first century is now a far cry from the nineteen fifties. As a nation we have moved forward not forgetting the past but lionizing the liberties that past generations fought for. We now embrace an uncertain future with some caution and vigilance.