Leonardo Piccioni wrote:Something like this? It's the Southern Cross exactly how it looks on current Australian flag:
However, I started liking those enormous stars. They came from original Blaxland's proposals and, for me, it says "Oh, look at this giant Southern Cross! We are Australian and we are [censored] proud about it!"
Yes, that one looks better, in my opinion. But I think the size of charges is mostly a matter of preference.
PaulJames wrote:Re-arranging the forms "a bit" involved inventing a new heraldic ordinary : the Canadian pale. Of course traditional elements were kept, as is true of most of the proposals here, but the form of the flag was entirely new and non-traditional, although it has since become a common Canadian feature.
As for the maple leaf, not only was the stylized single leaf an innovation, but even the colour had only been adopted seven years earlier : before 1957, the leaves on the coat of arms were depicted as green.
Like I said, those innovations were just modifications of the already existing elements. They didn't try to add new stuff to the flag at all. Adding a boomerang or a kangaroo as the predominant symbol in a new Australian flag, changing the colors completely, is akin to adding a tartan to the Canadian flag. It is a national symbol in the country, but it would be too revolutionary of a step.
The creation of the Canadian pale might have been an innovation, but again, it wasn't a revolutionary change. They kept the basics: red background, the maple leaf as the main symbol etc. I think many of the proposals that appeared wouldn't really be well accepted by the Canadian people. For example, there are these: