An Unusual Australian Flag by Michael John

This is an Official Australian Flag which very few Australians would ever have seen.

It is an historical flag designated specifically for an Australian River, and can only be flown on it.

It is the Murray River Flag – the only flag in the world named in honour of a river.

This flag dates from the 1850s and is flown by vessels on the upper reaches of the Murray River, predominantly in Victoria.

It consists of the British White Ensign, featuring the cross in red with five white stars (representing the then five colonies). The blue bars are said to represent the four major rivers that form the Murray-Darling River system.

Captured on the Murray River near Lock 11, Mildura, Vic/NSW, Australia.

Canon 400D, as is.

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I live in Australia and enjoy bushwalking in the great outdoors, especially the world heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park.

My photographic interests are pretty much related to Australian landscapes, rustic Australia, historic Australia, Australian wildlife, flora, fauna, birds, etc. Guess I love the country I was born and live in.

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  • Trudi's Images
    Trudi's Imagesalmost 4 years ago

    Great capture Michael, l never realised that about the flag,l have seen it but never knew its history

  • Yes, I was surprised about its history too. Thanks Trudi.

    – Michael John

  • virginian
    virginianalmost 4 years ago

    Nice shot; beautiful flag. Enjoyed the history.

  • Thank you very much Judy

    – Michael John

  • Donna Keevers Driver
    Donna Keevers ...almost 4 years ago

    Huh… I never knew it existed. Thank you for making it known.

    Great shot. Flags aren’t the easiest things to capture. :)

  • No – it kept flapping around (naturally). Thanks for commenting and for the fave Donna.

    – Michael John

  • Penny Smith
    Penny Smithalmost 4 years ago

    I knew that ! I have seen it lots of times on the Murray River Paddleboats. Mildura is such a lovely spot along the river, as is Echuca and the Barmah forest… gorgeous. I feel like a BLT from the corner pub at Echuca right now to take down to paddlesteamer park and watch the steamers float by… heaven ! Gotta get to that part of the country again, thanks for the memory Michael :)

  • Pleased to have brought back those great memories Penny. It sure is a nice, relaxed part of the world.

    – Michael John

  • Michael Matthews
    Michael Matthewsalmost 4 years ago

    Very interesting. I would have guessed it was a kind of navy flag. Thanks teacher.

  • Thank you Michael

    – Michael John

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...almost 4 years ago

    magnificent capture

  • Thanks Kathy

    – Michael John

  • waxyfrog
    waxyfrogalmost 4 years ago

    Great capture, It is strange that they have an upper and lower river flag.

  • Yes, and there seems to be some confusion between the two. Apparently there are a few other varieties as well!

    – Michael John

  • gail woodbury
    gail woodburyalmost 4 years ago

    Excellent capture Michael ! – great info & history too ..well done !!

  • Thanks for that Gail

    – Michael John

  • waxyfrog
    waxyfrogalmost 4 years ago

    Yes a combined one as well. Work that out. :o)

  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenalmost 4 years ago

    Nice work & info mate…thankyou !

  • Glad you enjoyed it Warren, and thanks for the fave!

    – Michael John

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