Launceston’s Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery holds in its collection one of the most important flags in Australian flag history: The Australasian League flag of 1851. Although this flag represents one short period of political agitation, Mr Addison will show how it can be considered the design origin of Australia’s current national flag, chosen by a competition in 1901.
Jon Addison is the Senior Curator of Public History at QVMAG, Launceston. Before taking up his current post in 2008, he worked at several museums in Australia and the UK, including the Western Australian Maritime Museum, the London Transport Museum and the Scottish Maritime Museum. His current role allows him to explore many diverse collections and interests.