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Title : Flag salute Flag salute
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Source : B 63020/1
Date of creation : ca. 1912
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Description :

A young boy salutes the Union Jack on a flag pole held by a young girl.

In 1911 the South Australian Education Department outlined the ceremony of 'Saluting the flag' to be carried out in schools:

The ceremony of saluting the flag may be performed every morning and the national salute should be practised at least once a week, by the assembled pupils. (Education gazette, p. 191)
This included the loyal affirmation which by 1969 had been modified to: 'I am an Australian. I love my country. I salute her flag. I honour her Queen. I promise to obey her laws.'

The photograph is from a collection of lantern slides which belonged to Lydia Longmore, the first woman inspector of infant schols in South Australia.

Related names :

Longmore, Lydia, 1874-1967

Coverage year : 1912
Further reading :

Bonnin, Heather. Hours to remember: reflections on life in South Australia, 1889-1929, from the Children's Hour, Netley, S. Aust.: South Australian Government Printer, 1987 [see Chapter 5 'Lands of hope and glory']

Johnston, Marjorie. Growing up in the 50s, Kenthurst [N.S.W.]: Kangaroo Press, 1984, p. 24 [Ceremonies]

'Saluting the flag', The Education gazette, South Australia volume 27, number 298, 15 August 1911, p. 191

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