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Uganda: colonial flags

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[Ugandan colonial flag] by Martin Grieve, 16 Aug 2002, after image by Jaume Ollé See also:

Blue Ensign (1914-1962)

I submit Ugandan Colonial Flag in accordance with FOTW standards - got it from world statesemen site and transposed badge on to FOTW template.
Martin Grieve, 16 Aug 2002

The Ugandan Blue Ensign was in use 1914 - 1962
David Prothero, 23 Sep 2000

What was the obverse of these flags like? Did the crane always look to the hoist or the dexter?
António Martins, 27 October 1999 


Governor's flag

[Governor's flag] by Martin Grieve and Zeljko Heimer, 17 Aug 2002, after Flaggenbuch

Here is the Union Flag of Uganda - the governor's flag, based on Carr's FOTW 1961:
"A bird, the African Balearic Crane, shown in its full natural colouring, is symbolical of Uganda. The Union Flag shows it surrounded by the garland, the Blue Ensign has it without the latter." (p. 98)
Jarig Bakker, 17 Aug 2002


Governor's flag 1962-1967

[Governor's flag 1962-1967] by Zeljko Heimer, 27 Mar 2003

Based on info from 'Flags of The World' by Bill Yenne, Published by Bison Books, Copyright 1993, standard pattern.
Zeljko Heimer, 27 Mar 2003


Red Ensign (doubtful!)

[Ugandan red ensign] by Martin Grieve, 18 Aug 2002

Martin Grieves sent me this, with the remark: "Although Red Ensign probably never flew, I include for completeness". This image can be found on the Jaume Ollé's site, and I just found an image in "Wer nennt die Länder, kennt die Fahnen?", a cigarette-card album, c. 1930. So there is a source - now it only waits for someone digging up some evidence that it was used (f.i.) on Lake Victoria, the one in Central Africa, not in Badakhshan.
Jarig Bakker, 18 Aug 2002

Unless there is evidence that this image represents a flag that was actually made and used, it should be considered fictitious.  There was certainly no authorised Red Ensign for Uganda.
David Prothero, 19 Aug 2002


Colonial badge

[Ugandan badge] by Martin Grieve, 16 Aug 2002, after Flaggenbuch

I found only one book with a badge of colonial Uganda (Kannik, 1956). Within the circle on a yellow background a crested crane. In front of its feet a green bush. The head is surrounded by a red shining. In short: more detailed than the present badge on the Ugandan flag.
Jarig Bakker, 26 Oct 1999

Flaggenbuch shows the same image with some variations in the colours, the two bushes being "plain" green. However, due to the "artistic" design of the badges of this period, I doubt there was really an "official" version (except maybe the original model designed by a painter?) I also wonder how such designs could have been accuratly reproduced on flags.
Ivan Sache, 26 Oct 1999

Probably printed or painted. A 1902 British South Africa Company flag that I saw recently was a printed Union Flag with a blank central white disc where the badge had been hand-painted. The fabric was loosely woven bunting. The badge appeared to have been painted on just one side and perhaps touched up on the other
David Prothero, 27 Oct 1999


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