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Captain Cook Cruises

[Captain Cook Cruises houseflag] image by Jorge Candeias

Originated 1970 as Haworth Investments Pty. Ltd. being run by Captain Trevor Haworth, changing name to Captain Cook Cruises Pty. Ltd. in the early 1980s. The original flag was red with the white legend 'CAPTAIN COOK CRUISES", each word under the other. I do not have a date for the replacement flag shown here but it was shown in The Log of 11/1990.
Neale Rosanoski, 22 Feb 2004

Cement Australia

[Cement Australia houseflag and funnel] image by Neale Rosanoski, 16 Nov 2008

Australian Cement Holdings, in which CSR held 50%, later became merged as Cement Australia. Cement Australia's flag was white with the name in purple below a couple of "swooshes" [as they have been described] in purple and gold. The bottom of the gold line is a slight arc as is the top of the "CEMENT" lettering. I hold a photo of the ship in which the flag can just be made out though very obscured with a poor flutter.
Neale Rosanoski, 16 November 2008

China - Australia Steamship Company

[China-Australia Steamship Company flag] image by Jarig Bakker, 17 Jan 2005

China - Australia Steamship Company, Limited, Sydney, N.S.W. Horizontal triband Red White Red; on the white band six [blue] 5-pointed stars.
Source: Brown's Flags and Funnels of British and Foreign Steamship Companies [wed26].
Jarig Bakker, 17 Jan 2005

Coal and Allied Shipping Co.

[Coal and Allied Shipping Co. flag] image by Eugene Ipavec, 14 Jun 2009

Another house flag shown on the State Library of Tasmania website is that of Coal and Allied Shipping Co.:

“Medium yellow (...) house flag with a diagonal green stripe running from the bottom left corner to the top right corner. In the centre of the flag over the green stripe is a white oval with a black outline, and the letters 'C & A.' 'C' and 'A' are in white lettering with a black outline and '&' is in black. Coal and Allied were owners of the Stephen Brown.”
The photo is clickable, larger version here.

The logo looks very much like the C&A clothing outlets logo but the colours are different and there is no wavy border around the oval.

Traces are found on the ínet of the ships Camira and Conara working for, if not owned by, Coal & Allied during the nineteen eighties, but I could not find any traces of vessels now directly operated by or for the company. Stephen Brown mentioned above is now a stationary training ship of the Australian Maritime College (see their site).

Coal & Allied presents itself (from their website):

“After 150 years in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales, Coal & Allied is one of the major coal producers in the region, employing more than 2000 people across our three operations - Mount Thorley Warkworth, Hunter Valley Operations and Bengalla. Coal & Allied is also currently undertaking the Mount Pleasant Project and the Lower Hunter Lands Project. (...) Coal & Allied is managed by Rio Tinto Coal Australia.”
Jan Mertens, 12 June 2009

This firm was founded after the merger of Brown & Abermain Seaham with Caledonian Collieries in 1960. Additional info: CareerOne page on Coal and Allied [no longer accessible]
Jan Mertens, 17 November 2009

W. Crosby

[W. Crosby flag] image by Jarig Bakker, 20 Feb 2005

W. Crosby, Melbourne - red flag, blue cross; in center a white rectangle.
Source: Brown's Flags and Funnels of British and Foreign Steamship Companies [wed26].
Jarig Bakker, 20 Feb 2005

The flag is the same as that of William France, Fenwick & Co. Ltd. with whom they were associated.
Neale Rosanoski, 6 August 2005

CSR Limited/Colonial Sugar Refining Co. Ltd

Pre 1993 flag
[ CSR/Colonial Sugar Refining Co. houseflag before 1993 ] image by Phil Nelson, 6 Apr 2000

From Stewart and Styring's Flags, Funnels and Hull Colors, 1963 [ste63].
Phil Nelson, 6 April 2000

Post 1993 flag
[ CSR houseflag after 1993 ] image by Neale Rosanoski, 16 Nov 2008

The Colonial Sugar Refining Co. Ltd. is located in Sydney. No doubt formed with British money it is still an undoubted true blue Aussie company formed in 1887 but dating back to 1855. The original flag was as shown as blue with a red triangle issuant from hoist throughout. In 1973 the name was changed to CSR Limited but it was not until 1993 that a change in the flag was noted with the addition of the white letters "CSR". The company continues to operate (company website) but its shipping activities ceased in 2007 [being taken over by the CSL Group of Canada] but prior to that CSR Shipping was involved in the operation of 3 ships, 2 of which carried gypsum from Gypsum Resources Australia's South Australian operations to the eastern Australian states and raw sugar and calcite from Queensland to southern Australian states on return voyages.

The two ships involved in the gypsum/sugar cartage were managed by Austocean Pty Ltd and were under their colours, until in 2004 the "Kowulka" changed its livery to that of its registered owner, Gypsum Resources Australia, which was a CSR subsidiary. The third ship carried cement for Australian Cement Holdings (ACH) in which CSR held 50% but that later became merged as Cement Australia with the ship wearing that company's colours.
Neale Rosanoki, 16 November 2008

Flagship Charters

[Flagship Charters flag] image by Ivan Sache, 30 Nov 2006

Flagship Charters, founded in 1982 in Sydney, are specialized in luxury cruises in Sydney Harbour, the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef regions of Queensland. The company owns some 30 ships, suitable for 1-4 ("La Dolce Vita") to 80-475 ("Lady Rose") passengers.

The houseflag of Flagship Charters is diagonally divided blue-red with a white diamond, not touching the borders of the flag and charged with a black Italic F. It is shown on a photograph on the company website presenting the wedding packages proposed by the company.
Ivan Sache, 30 November 2006