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United Tribes Ensign, 1834-1845

Reference Number: MS-Papers-0009-09-01

Coloured reproduction of a version of the United Tribes Ensign of 1934 which has been copied from a plate in the Admiralty Library's `Book of flags,' 1845. This reproduction has a white fimbriation in place of the black fimbriation of the original design.

Key terms:
1 image, related to Confederation of Chiefs of the United Tribes of New Zealand, Flags - New Zealand and Maori - Flags.

Part of:
Illustrations and diagrams of various flags, emblems, etc, Reference Number MS-Papers-0009-09 (2 digitised items)
Laurenson, James, d 1942 : Historical material relating to early New Zealand shipping and flags, Reference Number MS-Papers-0009 (2 digitised items)

Extent: 1 pieceInk and watercolour sketch 125mm x 190mm, on paper 175mm x 260mm. Manuscript

Historical Notes: Flag of the Independent Tribes of New Zealand. The first design, submitted by naval authorities in Sydney, was rejected on the grounds that it had no red in it. In 1834 a choice was made at a meeting of Maori chiefs at Waitangi presided over by the British Resident. The flag, measuring 16ft x 10ft, consisted of a red St. George's cross on a white ground. In the upper canton next the staff, a red St. George's cross with black fimbriation was surrounded by a blue ground pierced with four eight-point stars. This flag remained the national ensign until 1840, when the Union Jack superseded it.

Conditions governing access to original: Not restricted

Other copies available: Timeframes CD: TF0072

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