New South Wales
 
 New South Wales
 
  
Founded: 7 February 1788 (1st colony)
Flag Proportion: 1:2
Proposed Use: State and Civil Flag
  
The flag of New South Wales strongly represents the state, incorporating both the state colours and the floral emblem. Its design is based upon the bicolour "Australian pale" used in the flags of the Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory.

The unofficial state colours of dark blue and light blue form the bicolour. These colours have been widely adopted as the representative colours of New South Wales sporting teams and is increasingly used in Government and commerce to symbolise the state.

In the white disc in the fly of the flag is a stylised waratah (telopea speciosissima), the floral emblem of New South Wales, in red and green. The waratah is also of significance to many local Aboriginal peoples and hence serves as an important symbol of Aboriginal recognition and reconciliation. For example, the Yuin and Murramarang peoples on the south-east coast of New South Wales have Dreamtime stories about the waratah.

The southern cross appears on the dark blue hoist to symbolise New South Wales' status as a state of Australia. Together, the red, white and blue indicate New South Wales' historical links with the United Kingdom.

Flag design © 2001 Brendan Jones

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If you think that NSW should adopt a new flag, then please write to the Premier urging him to consider changing the state flag. Politicians respond well to public pressure so please make your voice heard! Write to:

The Hon. Barry O'Farrell, MLA
Premier of New South Wales
Parliament House
Macquarie Street
Sydney NSW 2000

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