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British Colony of Penang 1949-1957 (Penang, Malaysia)

Former Settlement of Prince of Wales Island and Province Wellesley

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[British Colony of Penang] 1:2      [British Colony of Penang] 1:2     
probably by Mario Fabretto by Clay Moss, modified by António Martins


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Description

Penang and Wellesley used first time (1865-67) a local badge with seal (inscription around: Penang and province Wellesley) in blue ensign. After 1867 the flag of the Straits Settlements was used and was in use until 1946. The new flag of Penang (blue ensign with shield directly in the blue) was approved 1949 and were in use until 1961. After, was adopted the current one.

Jaume Ollé, 31 August 1997

I wonder if the Blue Ensign defaced with the Penang arms on a white disc in the fly actually existed. Before the Straits Settlements were formed Penang was governed by the East India Company as part of its Indian possessions, and I do not know whether there was ever such a flag. I have however seen several flags in the State museum which are simply 2:1 standards of the Penang arms which I recall dated from that period.

Andrew Yong, 3 June 1998

This flag was introduced in 1949 and depending which source you care to believe was discontinued in 1957, 1961 or 1963. I suspect that it was not used to any great extent, and I doubt that it had the white disc around the shield.

David Prothero, 6 June 1998

I doubt a flag with a Union Flag in the canton could have survived Independence in 1957. I had thought that the palm tree tricolour was introduced around 1948 with Malayan federation, but if the defaced Blue Ensign flew then it must only have been introduced in 1957.

Andrew Yong, 6 June 1998

The tricolour was adopted in 1949 as State flag for the British colony when it joined the Federation. From 1948 until 1957 the state of Penang remained a British dependence, although included in the Malay Federation, and the governmental ships flew the blue ensign with the badge, introduced in 1949. Previously the flags of the Straits Settlements were used.

Mario Fabretto, 10 June 1998

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