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The Anglican Church of Australia

[Australian Anglican Church flag] by Dylan Crawfoot

The flag of the Anglican Church of Australia is quite commonly flown by some Anglican churches, at least it is here in Brisbane. One flies out the front of St Martin's House next to St John's Cathedral in Brisbane. The flag reflects the Church's ties with the Church of England, using St George's cross and the blue field of St Andrew, while the stars add an Australian dimension. The gold design in the middle is a representation of the mitre worn by the bishops.
Dylan Crawfoot, 27 Jan 1999

Diocesan flags

Some of my Australian e-friends have corresponded their personal reminiscences, such as the use of paper or plastic flags with the diocesan arms on them used in children's services or even in Confirmation services, even if the local bishop is ambivalent about flags.
Ron Lahav, 24 December 2008


The See of Gippsland is based in the city of Sale. The Diocese also has a separate banner, which is quite modernistic in composition rather than following the more traditional ecclesiastical heraldic pattern of the Arms (illustrated at Wikipedia). I have been unable to find any information on when and where the banner is displayed or if there is a separate diocesan flag incorporating the arms.
Ron Lahav, 24 December 2008


An unsigned e-mail from the Registry of the Diocese of Grafton informs me that the Diocesan Flag consists of the diocesan arms (seen on the diocesan website) centered on a blue field and outlined in white. There are only two copies of the flag: one is flown over the Bishop's Residence when he is actually physically present; the second copy travels with the Bishop on official journeys and is flown over the particular church or church institution which he might be visiting when he is actually inside the structure or facility.

Additionally, Christ Church Cathedral in Grafton has a special ceremonial banner used on formal occasions, here seen at the Consecration of the present Bishop.
Ron Lahav, 20 December 2008

North Queensland

Ms Judy Keys, the Secretary to the Bishop of North Queeensland, informs me that at present there is no diocesan flag. However, she thinks that there may have been one in the past, as the diocese was much more High Church than it is now.

However, St. James Cathedral in Townsville does use several banners of different colors bearing the Diocesan Arms (thumbnail visible at Diocesan website).
Ron Lahav, 22 December 2008

Churches of Christ in Australia

[Churches of Christ in Australia flag]
contributed by Chris Kretowicz from, 2 Jan 2003

The flag consists of a logo in orange-brown on a white background, with the words "Churches of Christ Australia" to the right of the logo. The logo features a silhouette of 2 stylised human figures either side of a cross. [Ed]

The flag has obviously been made for someone and can be bought from the Flags 2000 website, but I have never come across a flag being used by the Churches of Christ.
Jonathan Dixon, 6 January 2003

The Churches of Christ originated with the Campbell-Stone restoration movement of the 19th century, and so have some common history with various groups in the US using names such as "Churches of Christ", "Disciples of Christ" and "Christian Churches".
Jonathan Dixon, 11 March 2006

The Uniting Church in Australia

[Uniting Church in Australia flag]
contributed by Chris Kretowicz from, 2 Jan 2003

The flag consists of a logo on a white background. The circular logo has a black background, and features a white cross above a white semicircle, with a red shape overall whcih can be interpreted either as a flame or a dove. Around the lower edge of the logo are the words "The Uniting Church in Australia". [Ed]

The Uniting Church is the result of the union of most Methodist, Presbyterian and Congregational churches in Australia in 1977 (however, some congregations/groups did not join the union, so there are still various churches which identify as Presbyterian/Methodist/Congregationalist).
Jonathan Dixon, 11 March 2006