Flag of Papua New Guinea

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Papua New Guinea
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg
UseNational flag, civil and state ensign
Proportion3:4
Adopted1 July 1971
DesignDivided diagonally from the upper hoist-side corner to the lower fly-side corner: the upper triangle is red with the soaring Raggiana Bird of Paradise and the lower triangle is black with the Southern Cross of four white larger five-pointed stars and the smaller star.
Naval Ensign of Papua New Guinea.svg
Variant flag of Papua New Guinea
UseNaval ensign
Proportion3:4
DesignA white flag with the national flag of Papua New Guinea in the canton

The flag of Papua New Guinea was adopted on 1 July 1971. In the hoist, it depicts the Southern Cross; in the fly, a raggiana bird-of-paradise is silhouetted. The design was chosen through a nationwide design competition in early 1971. The winning designer was Susan Karike Huhume,[1] who was 15 years old at the time.

Red and black have long been traditional colours of many Papua New Guinean tribes. Black-white-red was the colour of the German Empire flag, which had colonised New Guinea prior to 1918. The bird-of-paradise is also found on the national coat-of-arms.

Prior to independence, the Australian administration proposed a vertical tricolour flag with blue, yellow and green bands, along with the bird of paradise and southern cross, designed by a Mr Holman.[2] It had a mainly negative reception, due to its appearance as that of a "mechanically contrived outcome", thus the alternative proposal attributed to Susan Karike was chosen instead. The blue was said to represent the sea and islands of New Guinea, the Southern Cross was a guide for the travelling peoples, the gold represented the coastlines, mineral wealth, and unity, and the green represented the forested highlands and mainland, with the Bird of Paradise representing the unification under one nation.[3]

The Southern Cross shows that it is a country in the Southern Hemisphere and can be seen in Papua New Guinea.

Historical flags of Papua New Guinea[edit]

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Flag of German New Guinea, 1899–1919
Flag of German New Guinea, 1899–1919
One flag of the Australia Territory of Papua, 1906–1949
One flag of the Australia Territory of Papua, 1906–1949
Flag of the Australia Territory of New Guinea, 1914–1949
Flag of the Australia Territory of New Guinea, 1914–1949
Flag of Australia in the Territory of Papua and New Guinea, 1949–1965
Flag of Australia in the Territory of Papua and New Guinea, 1949–1965
Flag used by Territory of Papua and New Guinea at sports events, 1965–1970
Flag used by Territory of Papua and New Guinea at sports events, 1965–1970
Proposed flag for Territory of Papua and New Guinea, 1970–1971
Proposed flag for Territory of Papua and New Guinea, 1970–1971
Flag of the Territory of Papua and New Guinea, 1971–1975
Flag of the Territory of Papua and New Guinea, 1971–1975

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ www.pngbd.com
  2. ^ Littler, Geoff. "The Papua New Guinea Crest and Flag". PNGAA. Retrieved February 20, 2016.
  3. ^ "Papua and New Guinea 1970–1971 (Australia) Australian Trust Territory of Papua and New Guinea". FOTW Flags of the World. Retrieved February 20, 2016.