Many local community halls and public venues have had a Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on display. Now that we have a new Monarch, His Majesty King Charles III, a new Sovereign’s Official Portrait will soon be issued.
Under what is known as the “Constituents’ Request Program” community organisations (and individuals) can request an official portrait of The King, and other nationhood items, free of charge, from your local federal Member of Parliament or Senator.
As a community service for eligible not-for-profit community organisations based, or operating, within Junee Shire, Junee Community Network has arranged with the electoral office of the Member for Riverina to collect a quantity of the new Portraits and distribute them locally in Junee.
We are also taking this opportunity to allow eligible community groups to obtain other Nationhood materials via the Member of Riverina, including:
- Australian National Flag
- Aboriginal Flag
- Torres Strait Islander Flag
- Australian Flags Booklet *
- Australian Symbols Booklet *
- CD of Australian National Anthem *
- DVD of Australian National Anthem *
And via the Member for Cootamundra:
- New South Wales State Flag
- Flags and Emblems of New South Wales Booklet (ships with NSW State Flag)
(* pending availability)
If you are located within Junee Shire, you can request the official photo of King Charles III and the other Nationhood items by simply filling out the Request Form below.
If you are from any other location outside of Junee Shire, please contact your local Federal Member of Parliament, or Senator.
Once the new Sovereign’s Official Portrait and the other items arrive, Junee Community Network will collect them from the appropriate offices and then distribute them locally from a central location on nominated dates (eg from the Junee Ex-Services Club or the Junee Senior Citizens Hall). We will email you with dates, times and location when we have the stock.
[UPDATE: September 22, 2023 — Many of us expected the new Portrait to be released either shortly after His Majesty’s Coronation, or just after the “Year of Official Mourning” had passed.
However, The Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General has advised that Buckingham Palace has not provided specific timelines by which the Official Portrait of His Majesty The King will become available. When the official portrait does become available, the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet has advised that orders can be placed via the office of any local Federal Member of Parliament.]
NB: The “Featured Image” of this article is the first official portrait of HM King Charles III after his Coronation. At the time of publication of this article it is not yet known what the Australian Official Portrait of King Charles will look like. HM Queen Elizabeth II had seperate Official Portraits for each of her Realms; For her last Australian Official Portrait Her Majesty was wearing the ‘Wattle Spray’ brooch (which was presented to her by Robert Menzies, the Prime Minister of the time, on behalf of the Australian people, upon her first Royal Visit to Australia in 1954), and the Sovereign’s Badge, the Insignia of the Sovereign of the Order of Australia. It is not yet known if King Charles will issue different images for each of the Commonwealth Realms.
Suggested Frames for the Sovereign’s Official Portrait
Picture frames are NOT included with the Sovereign’s Official Portrait and organisations are recommended to purchase one from a supplier of their choice.
We believe the Sovereign’s Official Portrait will again be A3-sized; and while it might be feasible to re-use the existing frame from the previous Sovereign’s Official Portrait if you had one, now might be an opportune time to update your frame.
Officeworks has a wide variety of inexpensive wooden picture frames, and Junee Community Networks suggests that the Unigift A3 Wooden Poster Frame would be suitable — it is available in Black, White and Oak for $10.80. You can choose which ever colour best suits your environment.
Alternatively, if you prefer a metal frame, the Lifestyle A3 Certificate Frame is available in a Brushed Black finish for $28.00
If you aren’t in a position to secure the portrait to a wall and require a table top frame, the Alto A3 Photo Frame might be suitable. It is available in both Black or White for $42.00
Please wait until the Portraits are available before purchasing a new frame… that way we can confirm the actual size of the print and then you can purchase an appropriate frame.
Other Australian Nationhood Resources
The Australian National symbols represent what is unique about the nation and reflect different aspects of our cultural life and history.
Australia’s national symbols that have been officially chosen (via vote, legislation or proclamation) to represent Australia and its states and territories include:
- Australian National Flag
- Commonwealth Coat of Arms
- Australian National Anthem — Advance Australia Fair
- Australian Floral Emblem — The Golden Wattle
- Australian National Gemstone — The Australian Opal
- Celebratory National Colours of Green and Gold
Some of the resources relating to the Australian National Symbols have been highlighted below…
Flags — Australian, Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, and NSW State
Eligible Community Organisations (and Individuals) can also request Australian Flags from their local Federal Member of Parliament or Senator.
You can request one each of the following flags:
- The Australian National Flag
- Aboriginal Flag
- Torres Strait Islander Flag
They are usually supplied as Knitted Polyester 1830 x 915mm including a header with loops for a flagpole.
These are quite suitable for regular outdoor use.
If you require flags for display in a foyer, or similar location, we recommend you look at the range of Floor Display options available for purchase from Carroll & Richardson – Flagworld. They have a extensive range of bases, indoor flagpoles and flags finished a vertical sleeve suitable for the indoor poles.
Eligible Community Organisations (and Individuals) can also request New South Wales State Flags from their local State Member of Legislative Assembly or Member of the Legislative Council.
Again, they are usually supplied as Knitted Polyester 1830 x 915mm including a header with loops for a flagpole and are quite suitable for regular outdoor use.
If you’d like to include the NSW State Flag in a Foyer Display, chat to the team at Flagworld (see above link). They can advise you of the various options available.
Australian Flags Booklet
The Australian Flags booklet can be used as an educational resource and a source of general information about the history and proper use of the Australian National Flag and other flags of Australia by the Australian community, flag marshals and visitors to Australia.
A hard copy of Australian Flags booklet can be obtained free of charge by contacting the electorate office of your local Senator or Member of the House of Representatives.
A high resolution PDF of the booklet can be downloaded from the Prime Minister and Cabinet Website.
Commonwealth Flag Network
The Commonwealth Flag Network is a free service that notifies Flag Marshals of flag protocol when flying the Australian National Flag on special occasions such as ANZAC Day and Australian National Flag Day or occasions when flags should be flown at half-mast.
Flag marshals and those interested in flying the Australian National Flag are encouraged to register to become members of the Commonwealth Flag Network.
The Australian National Anthem
On January 1, 2021, The Australian National Anthem, Advance Australia Fair, was amended by proclamation of the Governor-General His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd).
The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has provided a number of recordings of the amended National Anthem for downloading by the Australian public for use at community events.
There are audio files with orchestral arrangements, some played by military bands, and a range of vocalists — with single verse and both verses versions available. There are also video versions available including accompanied with Auslan (Australian Sign Language) interpretation, and video footage of Australian symbolism or the Australian Flag.
In the past, a CD and a DVD was available with similar recordings. But at the time of publication of this article there is no offical release on physical media of the current National Anthem.
Junee Community Network has all the current audio and video files downloaded onto iPads that are available (along with appropriate audio adaptors) to be borrowed by local community organisations and sporting clubs for use at local events.
The printable word sheets with the new wording of the Australian National Anthem are available for downloading as a PDF or Word Document.
Scores (sheet music) of the Australian National Anthem are available to download as PDFs versions for Full Score, Vocal Score, Brass Band Score, and Brass Band in Parts.
Australian Symbols Booklet
The booklet Australian Symbols presents the official symbols and emblems of the Commonwealth, states and territories of Australia.
Australia has a vast array of both national symbols and well known icons. Australia’s national symbols that have been officially chosen (via vote, legislation or proclamation) to represent Australia and its states and territories include the Australian National Flag; the Commonwealth Coat of Arms; our floral emblem, the golden wattle; the celebratory national colours of green and gold; and our vibrant gemstone, the Australian opal. The Australian National Anthem is also one of our most important national symbols. Each state and territory also has its own symbols which are further detailed in this booklet.
Some of the icons of Australia, which have not been officially proclaimed but are well known by many both nationally and internationally, include Uluru; the Sydney Harbour Bridge; the Sydney Opera House; the Great Barrier Reef; and the kangaroo.
This booklet tells the story of the symbols of Australia.
Flags and Emblems of New South Wales booklet
New South Wales and the other states and territories each have their own distinctive flag. The purpose of the Flags and Emblems of New South Wales booklet is to explain some of the history of the New South Wales flag and Coat of Arms. The NSW Government promotes the flying of both the national and the New South Wales flags and encourages everyone, especially young people, to become familiar with the protocols for the correct use of these flags.
The booklet outlines the rules for the flying of flags. It also contains information about other emblems of our state, such as the waratah, the platypus and the kookaburra.
A high resolution PDF of the booklet can be downloaded from the NSW Government website.