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The current state flag of New South Wales was officially adopted in 1876.


The flag is based on the defaced British Blue Ensign with the state badge located in the fly. The badge is a white disc with the cross of St George. In the centre of the cross is a golden lion passant guardant and on each arm of the cross is an eight-pointed gold star.


This flag was adopted due to criticisms from the British Admiralty that the previous design was too similar to the design of the Victorian flag.


The state badge was designed by the Colonial Architect James Barnet and Captain Francis Hixson, a retired Royal Navy officer. Even though no meaning for the design was given, it is perhaps a simplified version of what was the semi-official arms of New South Wales at the time.


Previous flags

The first flag of New South Wales was adopted c. 1867. It too was a defaced British Blue Ensign with the letters "NSW" in white located in the fly. The flag was a response to the passing of the British Colonial Naval Defence Act of 1865 in which all colonial vessels should "wear the Blue Ensign with the seal or badge of the colony in the fly thereof".


New South Wales then adopted a second flag in 1870 and it was almost identical to that of Victoria. This flag was also a defaced British Blue Ensign with the "Governor's Badge" located in the fly. The badge was the Southern Cross and an imperial crown situated above the Southern Cross. The difference between this flag and that of the Victorian flag was that the stars were gold and ranged from five to nine points with each star having one point pointing to the bottom of the flag.


See also

External links

  • Ausflag Home page (http://www.ausflag.com.au)
  • Ausflag - New South Wales (http://www.ausflag.com.au/flags/nsw.html)
  • Flags Fantastic - Australian state flags, flag protocol & care (http://www.flagsfantastic.com.au)

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Flag of New South Wales - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (352 words)
The current state flag of New South Wales was officially adopted by the government of New South Wales in 1876.
The flag is based on the defaced British Blue Ensign with the state badge located in the fly.
The flag was a response to the passing of the British Colonial Naval Defence Act of 1865 in which all colonial vessels should "wear the Blue Ensign with the seal or badge of the colony in the fly thereof".
New South Wales - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (973 words)
New South Wales is known the world over for the picturesque harbour of its capital, Sydney, Australia's oldest and largest city and a centre of international finance.
New South Wales it is unknown whether or not he was referring to a new area that resembled South Wales, or a new southern version of Wales.
Queen Elizabeth II is the Sovereign, represented by the Governor of New South Wales.
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