Flags of the Governors of the Australian states

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The Governors of the Australian states, who represent their respective Head of State (the Queen of Australia), have a personal flag in that role. With the exception of Queensland’s, these flags originate from the 1970s and 1980s.

History[edit]

The Governors of British colonies have historically used as their personal flag the Union Flag defaced in the centre with a local badge or coat of arms to represent their status as vice-regal representative in that colony. In the then Australasian colonies, the Governors used the Colonial badge encircled in a laurel wreath. After Federation, when the Australian colonies became states of the Commonwealth of Australia, the Governors continued using their earlier flags.

During the 1970s and 80s, the states, with the exception of Queensland, moved away from the British colonial model. This was in line with the constitutional developments of the time, which culminated in the Australia Act 1986, which ended the states' constitutional status as individual colonies of the United Kingdom. Since the passing of the Act, the governors of the Australian states have ceased to have any constitutional relationship with the Government of the United Kingdom, and represent the Queen in her capacity of head of state of each of the individual states.

Standards[edit]

The State Governors’ flags of most States is the same as the State’s flag but with a St Edward’s crown above the badge. The flags of Victoria and Queensland already contain a crown, and so these States use different models: the Governor of Victoria’s flag uses a gold ensign with the stars of the Southern Cross in red, whereas the Governor of Queensland’s flag maintains the old defaced Union Jack.

New South Wales Queensland South Australia Tasmania Victoria Western Australia
Union flag 1606 (Kings Colors).svg
New South Wales, 1788-1801
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
Queensland, 1859-1901
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
South Australia, 1836-1876
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
Tasmania, 1855-1876
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
Victoria, 1855-1903
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
Western Australia, 1832-1870
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
New South Wales, 1801-1876
Flag of the Governor of Queensland (1901-1952).svg
Queensland, 1901-1952
Flag of the Governor of South Australia 1870-1876.svg
South Australia, 1870-1876
Flag of the Governor of Tasmania 1876-1977.svg
Tasmania, 1876-1977
Flag of the Governor of Victoria-1903-1984.svg
Victoria, 1903-1984
Flag of the Governor of Western Australia 1870-1953.svg
Western Australia, 1870-1953
Standard of the Governor of New South Wales 1876-1981.svg
New South Wales, 1876-1981
Flag of the Governor of Queensland.svg
Queensland, 1952-Present
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
Australia, 1876-1904
Flag of the Governor of Tasmania.svg
Tasmania, 1977-Present
Flag of the Governor of Victoria.svg
Victoria, 1984-Present
Flag of the Governor of Western Australia 1953-1988.svg
Western Australia, 1953-1988
Flag of the Governor of New South Wales.svg
New South Wales, 1981-Present
Flag of the Governor of South Australia 1904-1975.svg
Australia, 1904-1975
Flag of the Governor of Western Australia.svg
Western Australia, 1988-Present
Flag of the Governor of South Australia.svg
Australia, 1975-Present

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