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Crux 125

Current Issue of Crux Australis: Issue No. 125

The most recent issue of Crux Australis is No. 125 [Volume 31/1] issued for the period January - March 2018.

The contents are:

Vexillogistics (editorial)   Tony Burton

page 3



Under two flags: Duality, reality and identity or When is an Australian not an alien?   Tony Burton pages 4 - 5
Emblems of Identity: The pageantry of monarchy   Ralph Bartlett and Tony Burton pages 6 - 12
Would a WAxit really happen?  

Jacob Kagi, ABC News

pages 13 - 15
A question of identity  

Kazuo Ishiguro, When we were orphans (book extract)

page 16
George Megalogenis says Australia must embrace Eurasian future  

Kim Jirik and Beverley O'Connor, ABC News

pages 17 - 19

Blackbirding: Australia's history of luring, tricking and kidnapping Pacific Islanders   Will Higginbotham, ABC News pages 20 - 23
Designers' Corner      
Clancy's flag   Tony Burton pages 24 - 25
Gary Graf's "Outback" flag   Tony Burton pages 26 - 28
Banking on the logos   Tony Burton page 29
Flags and emblems of unorthodox design   Quiz pages 30 - 31
Guamanians and their flag   Jamie Grierson, The Guardian and Tony Burton pages 32 - 33
The nation state and the state of the nation  

Gerald Webster and Luna Garcia, AAG Center for Global Geography Education

pages 34 - 47

Kosovo - a design perspective  

Tony Burton

page 48

Catalunya   media reports page 49
Rot un wiss - Elsass/Alsace  

Tony Burton

pages 50 - 52


As some Australian parliamentarians have discovered to their cost, duality can leave room for doubt as to where loyalty and identity focus. Dual anniversaries and public holidays in January - the arrival in 1788 of people in boats from Britain and the date 113 years later when the eventual six colonies became a federation - prompt reflection on more than the date of celebration but at a deeper level, on national identity itself. The status quo is partly but essentially expressed in symbols such as the monarchy and its pageantry – a constant reminder that Australians live under two flags, both with complex but also confusing messages.

Another less familiar flag featuring the Southern Cross and colours of the South Pacific is a reminder that Australia’s modern development has not been entirely European. A Eurasian future forecast for the island continent guarantees that we shall live in interesting times, even if Westralia never happens. As Nobel Laureate Kazuo Ishiguro observes, how English do even the English - or for that matter, Australians - have to be to be themselves?

Continuing interest in an alternative Australian flag is illustrated in two recent perspectives from two generations, both unorthodox. A quiz based on similar approaches to flag design demonstrates that unorthodox varieties are possible, still observing proven principles of colour contrast and simplicity.

Other contributions also illustrate in the essay how nation-states and indeed, other corporate entities, devise, revise and advertise their identity, especially through flags. Cataluña, Kosovo, and Alsace provide examples from Europe; the remote but strategic island of Guam has its own symbols that belie its once and possible future role in a nuclear Pacific. As a sign perhaps of how vexillogistics are evolving, even banks bank on their flag-like logos.



Commentary by Tony Burton


For previous issues see: Crux Index vol 26 - current
  Crux Index vol 21-25
  Crux Index vol 16-20
  Crux Index vol 11-15
  Crux Index vol 6-10
  Crux Index vol 1-5


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