Posted November 06, 2019 12:00:15A signpost on a busy street in the Australian capital of Canberra is an eye-catching reminder of a darker past: an 1883 Australian flag hanging in the window of the local pub.
It’s an iconic Australian flag, and it has become a point of pride for locals to show support for the country’s wartime leaders, including the late leader of the countrys largest political party, Winston Churchill.
“A lot of Australians have this pride in being Australian and it’s a proud symbol for the state, and that’s the flag that I was born with,” says Sydney resident and post exchange poster, Wandavision.
“It’s a symbol of the state and for the Commonwealth, for Australia, for the world.”
A year ago, Wandvision, who lives in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, was inspired by the national flag to design a post exchange lamp post.
“The idea was to get some really cool light bulbs,” he says.
The project, known as The Lightpost, started when he and fellow posters asked a local post office whether they could make an outdoor light post.
The post office had been using a small postbox at a local park for decades.
“It’s not a big enough postbox to actually light up a large area, so we thought we’d give it a go,” he said.
“We came up with the idea and it worked out very well.
It’s an Australian flag and it lights up a huge area and it was actually quite a successful design.”
The post-office was a big hit, with people flocking to the post exchange to light up their own lamps.
After the initial response, Wandbvision decided to build a larger post-exchange lamp, to reflect the current global sentiment about the need for Australia to continue to work with the world, despite the worlds economic downturn.
“I was so proud of that design, and I felt like I was doing something meaningful,” he added.
The post exchange project has been going on for about two years, with the lamps now being lit by around 30,000 people.
Wandbvison says it’s also a great way to get people involved in the post-war era and to raise awareness about the country, and his post exchange community, and the importance of maintaining the country flag.
“If you look at the history of Australia, you can’t imagine how long it took for the flag to become so iconic and to be used by people in this way,” he explained.
As Wandbnix said, he wants the post exchanges to become a place where people from all walks of life can come and light up the post flags, to share memories and stories, and to learn about the people of Australia and the history they have had.
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