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03 January - WA becomes offical

Unread postPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 8:46 pm
by Max ADU
Australian History
Monday, January 3, 1870.

Western Australia adopts its first state flag.

The colony of Western
Australia was established in 1829, when Captain Charles Fremantle was sent to take formal possession of the remainder of New Holland, which had not already been claimed for Britain under the territory of New South Wales.

Early in May 1829, Captain Fremantle raised the Union Jack on the south head of the Swan River, claiming the territory for Britain. The colony of Western Australia was officially proclaimed in June 1829.

Western Australia gets first flag wrong
The first flag of
Western Australia was adopted on 3 January 1870.

Almost identical to the current flag, it was based on the defaced British Blue Ensign, and featured the state badge.

The badge consisted of a gold disc with a native Black Swan, after which the Swan River was named.

State corrects State Flag.
The only difference between the first state flag and the current flag, adopted in 1953, is that the swan originally faced the opposite direction towards the fly, rather than towards the hoist.

The change was made to conform with official guidelines that animals on flags must face the hoist, so when carried on a pole, the animal faces the direction of the flag bearer.

Re: 03 January - WA becomes offical

Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2016 8:54 pm
by Max ADU