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Local Flags in Victoria (Australia)

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Greater Melbourne Ensign

[Greater Melbourne Ensign] image by John Vaughan, 7 Jan 2005

Many years ago I saw a flag in Melbourne, and sort of forgot it, until Australia Day when I saw news footage of a tall ship in Sydney wearing it. It is red, with a blue St. George's Cross fimbriated white, bearing five eight-pointed white stars (one at the centre and one at each arm); a white tall ship in the canton.
Miles Li, 9 Feb 2003

The flag you probably saw was a design by John Vaughan for a "Greater Melbourne" flag - similar to the design concept of his "Greater Sydney" flag.
Ralph Kelly, 10 Feb 2003

Melbourne Harbour Trust

[Melbourne Harbour Trust flag] image by Miles Li, 6 Aug 2005

Here is the Blue Ensign of the Melbourne Harbour Trust. This Blue Ensign [with white crossed anchors in the fly] was adopted when the Trust became operational in 1877 (it was established the year before in 1876), but had never been authorized by an Admiralty warrant, according to Flags of the World [car61]; it is probably no longer in use (the Trust was renamed Port of Melbourne Authority in 1978).
Miles Li, 6 August 2005

From 1995 to 2003, it was known as the Melbourne Port Corporation and 2003 to date, the Port of Melbourne Corporation.
(1) Port Services Act 1995 from Victorian Consolidated Legislation on Australasian Legal Information Institute
(2) Port of Melbourne Corporation
Colin Dobson, 9 August 2005

Port of Geelong

[Port of Geelong] image by Mason Kaye, 6 Dec 2003

A map on a flag from Mason Kaye's presentation is the Port of Geelong, Victoria, Australia. Mason describes this as "A silver or grey map of Australia on a white field." I would add the map is augmented by a large G-shaped double-ended arrow, with the inner end of the arrow pointing to the location of Geelong.
Source: Kevin Harrington
Rob Raeside, 6 Dec 2003