Dawn and Buddy Stevens had their Australian flag stolen on the eve of Australia Day.
Dawn and Buddy Stevens had their Australian flag stolen on the eve of Australia Day. Karleila Thomsen

Thieves steal Australia Day flag

NOT EVERY Australia Day story has a happy ending.

You can flag that for newlyweds Dawn, 74, and Buddy, 83, Stephens. They woke up on Australia Day to discover the little Aussie flag they had hung outside their second bedroom window the day before had gone.

Burned off its string, actually.

“We couldn’t believe it,” Dawn said.

“If they’d knocked on the door and asked for it we would have happily given it to them.

“It wasn’t an expensive one, just from King Kong (Sales), but we’re very proud Australians and this is the first home we’ve shared since we married on October 11 so Australia Day 2010 was a bit special for us.”

Dawn said it couldn’t have been kids who stole the flag.

“We’re not short. I’m 5’ 11” and Bud is 5’ 10” so whoever took the flag had to reach up a fair height to get it.”

Two hundred years ago, Dawn says, people were being transported to Australia for stealing a lot less than a flag.

“Thieves get away with murder here.”

Now the Stephens are planning to buy a flagpole and a bigger flag.

“But not as big as the one on Parliament House,” Dawn said. “The next size down will do.

“Then we’ll put out the Norfolk Island flag under it because my mum, Ernestine, is a direct descendant of Fletcher Christian from Mutiny on the Bounty.

“But we won’t necessarily wait to erect the flags until next Australia Day, because as Bud said to me when he got down on bended knee to propose – and I thought he’d lost his hearing aid and was trying to find it on the floor – at our ages we don’t have a lot of time to wait.

“We’ve just got to get on with it.”



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