Last modified: 2002-11-09 by jarig bakker
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The badge of Somaliland Protectorate bears the head and shoulders of
a kudu, one of the antelopes of the region.
"When Somaliland was a British Protectorate her Arms were placed on
a white disc in the fly of the Blue and Red Ensigns, but the Union Flag
on this disc was surrounded by the garland. They consisted of an escutcheon
divided vertically, green and blue, having a chief with a Somali shield
in front of two spears in saltire, heads downwards, in natural colours.
The green portion contained a representation of a minaret in white, and
the blue a dhow in full sail on waves of the sea, with a golden anchor
in the base. A Kudu's head, with the Royal Crown between the horns - all
in natural colouring, on the "wreath of the colours." i.e. white and green
- forming the very imposing Crest. Somaliland attained her independence
on June 26th, and was united to Somalia in Jluly 1st of the same year."
Source: Carr's Flags of the World (1961).
This implies that the second Blue Ensign has an erroneous badge. I have scanned the correct badge from Kannik's "Vlaggen, Standaarden en Wapens", c.1959.
I assume that on reaching independence Somaliland didn't have a flag????
Jarig Bakker, 8 Aug 2002
From our series of Cigarette Silks Iron-on Transfers the subject of
which is : Nation Animals & Flags, (source this
Today's guest : Somaliland (without its ostrich).
Olivier Touzeau, 18 Oct 2002
The choice of the ostrich for Somaliland is interesting, since ostriches
are (or were) far more widespread. They are extinct or
near-extinct in many parts of their northern range today, but they were (at the time these artworks were produced) to be found across North and West Africa and the Nile region (away from the deep desert and the rain forests) from the Atlantic to the Red Sea, in Arabia and right down to the Cape Colony. They are an important part of the South African economy today, both as wild animals in game parks and on commercial farms as producers of feathers, meat and quality tanned leather. See my webpage.
Mike Oettle, 15 Oct 2002