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[South Australia Flag]
by Jorge Candeias
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Flag of 1870

From 1870 to 1876 South Australia used a black badge with stars arranged representing the southern cross and the pointers.
Source: Australian Girl Scouts website (now defunct)
Olivier Touzeau, 13 January 2001

Flag of 1876

[1876 South Australia]
by Zeljko Heimer

From 1876 to 1904 South Australia used a different badge from the one now on its flag. It represented Britannia talking to an aborigine. South Australia also used the red ensign with the same badge from 1876 to 1901 as civil ensign. Source: R.D. Kelly, Australian State Flags (1865-1904): A British Admiralty Legacy, report of the XIII ICV, Melbourne, 1989.
Mario Fabretto, 06 July 1997

State Governor

South Australia State Governor still used the defaced Union Flag. It changed to a defaced Blue Ensign in 1976. I don't know what the ensign defacements are.
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, 07 February 1996


by Arnaud Leroy, 21 Sep 2001

The Adelaide City Council approved the design of the Armorial Flag on August 2, 1982.

It replaced the "unofficial decoration" the Coat of Arms on white background which had flown outside the Town Hall Adelaide on special occasions during the previous half century.

The new design was prepared by the garter king of Arms of the College of Arms, London.

The symbols used for the flag have been taken from the shield of the Arms of the City of Adelaide.

It is a flag with a blue background with a gold and a red cross dividing it into the four quarters of the Arms.

The flag is bordered on three side in the blue and gold colors of the Corporation, taken from the wreath below the crest of the Arms.
information courtesy of City of Adelaide web site