Northern Territory
 
 Northern Territory
 
  
Founded: 1 January 1901
Flag Proportion: 1:2
Flag Adopted: 1 July 1978
Flag Use: State and Civil Flag
  
The Northern Territory attained self government on 1 July 1978 and adopted the flag shown above on that day.

The flag was designed by Robert Ingpen, a Victorian illustrator, and incorporates the Territorian colours of black and ochre and a stylised Sturt's Desert Rose, its floral emblem. The southern cross appears in the black pale at the hoist. Note that the Southern Cross is of the Victorian form, with the number of points on the stars ranging from five to eight.

The flag of the Northern Territory was the first official Australian flag to not contain the Union Flag of the United Kingdom (Union Jack). Its style of dividing the field "per pale" with a one-third/two-thirds split is unique and has created an Australian vexillogical style called the "Australian pale".

This flag also inspired the subsequent design of the Australian Capital Territory flag. The "Australian pale" has now firmly established itself as an indigenous Australian vexillogical style, and in recognition of its success, is used in the proposed flags for all the states shown at this web site.

 
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