Tasmania 1875


Flag Adopted: 9 November 1875
Flag Proportion: 3:5
Use: State Ensign

Tasmania became Australia′s second colony when an Order In Council dated 14 June 1825 formally separated it from the original colony of New South Wales.

It took another 50 years before Tasmania gained, briefly, its first flag. It was a British Blue Ensign quartered by a broad white cross, dividing a Southern Cross (comprising five five pointed stars) appearing on the fly.

It was officially proclaimed by the Tasmanian Government, but authority for the flag was withdrawn after only a few weeks when it became known that the design did not conform to the British Admiralty′s rules for Colonial Flags.


Crux Australis
Anthony Burton (Editor), Flag Society of Australia, Melbourne, Australia.
– Australian State Flags (1865-1904): A British Admiralty Legacy", Ralph Kelly, Volume VIII No 4 October 1992.

Flags of Australia (chart)
John C Vaughan, Standard Publishing House, Sydney, 1983.

Flags of the Nations (chart)
Flag Society of Australia, Flag Research Center, and National Australia Bank, Australia, 1992.

Historical Flags

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