Australia’s first flag forgotten, found and restored all in 100 years …

“Known as the Birdwood Flag, it was flown at the headquarters of General William Birdwood at the Western Front.

General Birdwood was in command of the Australian troops, who at the time were fighting for the “Empire”.

“Our nation was only about 13-14 years old at the start of the first world war and the Union Jack, what we see as an English flag, was the main flag that our troops fought under,” Patricia Gillard of the Birdwood Heritage Committee said.

But from 1917 on, our troops in Europe fought under a red Australian ensign and they were proud of it.”

Australia’s first ever flag, which lay forgotten and in pieces for almost a century at Newcastle Cathedral, is revealed after a painstaking 18-month restoration.

Please read source: Australia’s first flag forgotten, found and restored all in 100 years – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).


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