Good Reading : March 2005
The poppy. On the battle ravaged fields of Ypres and the Somme, up it came in crimson rows. Some say it was the bombs ploughing the soil. Others say it was the land coming back to life, renewed by the blood of the fallen. Since 1901 over 100,000 Australian servicemen and women have died in war. Their symbol of sacrifice, a little red flower. It’s just one story of how colour changed Australia. And even a brief visit to Canberra will turn up plenty more. Take our familiar blue flag. In 1901 the government announced a worldwide competition to design two new official flags. But it wasn’t until 1953 that patriotic Australians could fly the Blue Ensign as our proclaimed national flag, whilst the Red Ensign similar to the one pictured, was used for Australian registered merchant ships. Autumn in Canberra. There is no better time to see how colour has changed Australia. Taste the latest vintage at the Wine Harvest Festival or taste the dust at the Subaru Rally of Canberra. Feel the emotion of the Anzac Day dawn service or get back to nature at the National Folk Festival. Now really is the time to see yourself in Canberra. For your free copy of the Canberra Holiday Planner go to visitcanberra.com.au or call 1300 720 993. Bristow | Prentice | Lambaart | Budd ACT 278/C colour changed a See how nation.