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Yes - SAVA published a Journal entitled "The Union Jack over Southern
and Central Africa, 1795 - 1994" in1994 which covers all these flags (and
those used in what is now Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Botswana, Malawi etc).
Natal - Red and Blue Ensigns with badge in fly (1870 - 1910)
Natal - simplified version of badge on blue ensign (1907 - 1910)
Bruce Berry, 7 Oct 1996
The Colony of Natal. The legislative Council of Natal adopted in August
1870 a Red and Blue Ensign bearing the Colonial Seal on a white roundel
as a charge on the fly. The Seal was of a standard type in use in British
Colonies since 1839, and may be described as follows:
'Within a Chippendale-type frame, on a plain, two Wildebeest (gnus) in full course at random (to sinister) with the words COLONY OF NATAL beneath the frame. The frame itself is ensigned with the Royal Arms, and around the circumference appears the legend VICTORIA DEI GRATIA BRITANNIA REG. F.D.'
The complicated design of the Seal did not lend itself to successful application to flags. To make the legends readable from both sides, manufacturers were obliged to sew two devices back to back. A simplified version of the device on the fly of the Blue Ensign was adopted by a dictum of the Colonial Office dated 23 August 1975. This device actually predates the granting of arms to the Colony by Royal Warrant on 16 May 1907. The latter device may be described as follows:
'Within a gold Chippendale-type frame, in front of mountains and on a plain two Wildebeest contourne' in full course, side by side, proper, therebeneath the name NATAL in black letters, the frame ensigned of a Royal Crown, also proper.'
This remained the flag of the Colony until it became the Province of Natal in the Union of South Africa in 1910.' Source: 'Sovereign flags of Southern Africa', by A. P. Burgers, Cape Town, 1997, pp. 26-27:
The images in the book are unfortunately scans of images, whereby the badges are very dim indeed. These are:
Attached image of old Natal colony flag. After 1907 the flag was
used with simplified coa. When I drew it I didn't have a good model, and
because of this the details in the center are not accurate. This coul be
the blue ensign.
Jaume Ollé, 27 Jul 1999