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[New South Wales flag]
by Jorge Candeias
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In practice the NSW badge features a black outline of the SGC - this does feature on NSW flags I have seen. I don't think it was a deliberate inclusion on the badge, but the limitations of the governments printing processes meant that when the design was gazetted the black outline was included, as a result it has featured on NSW flags ever since.
Dylan Crawfoot, 06 July 1999

Possible new flag

There is a possibility that New South Wales may soon move to change its state flag, which would inevitably see the dumping of the Union Jack. If that happens, New South Wales would be the first state to break the Blue Ensign mould. And if that happens, I think other states would quickly follow.
Brendan Jones, 19 March 1996

State Governor

New South Wales State Governor used the defaced Union Flag. It changed to a defaced Blue Ensign in 1981.
David Prothero, 24 February 1997

One of the ramifications of the 1986 act was that state governors ceased to fly undefaced Union Jacks, instead they flew new governor flags which were typically the state flag adorned with a Royal Crown above the badge.
Brendan Jones, 7 February 1996

Flag of 1867

From 1867 to 1870, New South Wales flew a blue ensign with the white letters "NSW"
Source: Australian Girl Scouts website (now defunct)
Olivier Touzeau, 13 January 2001

Flag of 1870

[New South Wales, 1870]

New South Wales State flag during the period 1870-1876. Sources: R.D. Kelly, Australian State Flags (1865-1904): A British Admiralty Legacy, report of the XIII ICV, Melbourne, 1989; Archive CISV.
Mario Fabretto, 18 July 1996