AUSTRALIA, Christmas Island District High School

We welcome the drawing received from The Christmas Island District High School to represent Australia on the Schools’ International Peace Quilt. Thank you to all students involved, and additional thanks to their Art teacher, Robyn Stephenson for coordinating the project.

The students message: “We all wish for Peace because with Peace we can enjoy the World.”

Christmas Island is a territory of Australia situated 500 km from Jakarta, Indonesia and 2600 km from Perth, Australia. The island was discovered on Christmas Day 1643, but only settled in the late 19th century.  It has a population of 2,072 residents, who live mainly in settlements on the northern tip of the island, including Flying Fish Cove (also known as Kampong), Silver City, Poon Saan,  and Drumsite. Around two-thirds of the island’s population are Malaysian Chinese, with significant numbers of Malays and European Australians as well as smaller numbers of Malaysian Indians and Eurasians. Several languages are in use, including English, Malay, and various Chinese dialects, while Buddhism is the primary religion, followed by three-quarters of the population.

Australian Flag Meaning:
The Union Jack depicts the first colonisation of Australia by Europe was by the British, as Australia was a British penal colony. The seven pointed Star of Federation represents each of Australia’s six states, one additional point represents Australia’s territories. The Southern Cross is a constellation of stars that can be seen from all of Australia’s states and territories.

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