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Sutherland Shire (NSW, Australia)

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Description of the Flag

The Sutherland Shire's flag was designed in 1929 by C R Wylie, designer of the Canberra Coat of Arms. The design features a white background with the red cross of St George, the naval ensign under which Captain Cook sailed. Upon the centre of the cross is a circular blue field charged with golden polar stars and a globe from the arms of Captain Cook, surrounded by a wreath of laurel. Captain Cook is a significant figure for the Sutherland Shire (his portrait is part of the council logo) for he is credited as being the first European to discover Australia by landing at Kurnell (in the Sutherland Shire area) on April 29, 1770.

The flag is used in many civic events such as Citizenship Ceremonies, Landing of Captain Cook Commemoration, Australia Day etc.
Tina Marie Pizel, Communications Officer - Events & Marketing, Sutherland Shire Council, 17 July 2003

For the record, Captain Cook was the first European to discover the east coast of mainland Australia, and the first sighting of it was considerably south of Kurnell. The remarkable thing about Kurnell is not only that the Endeavour and her crew spent a fair bit of time there and in the general area of Botany Bay, but that their reports of the area were enough to cause it to be chosen as the location of the new penal colony. History tells that on arrival at Botany Bay in 1788 the colony chose to relocate slightly northwards to Port Jackson, in particular Sydney Cove.
Jonathan Dixon, 17 July 2003

See page two of Sutherland Shire Council's Fact Sheet 1, History of Sutherland Shire Council, (published 2003, available online) for information on the genesis of the flag:

"The flag was designed at council's request in 1927 by Mr C R Wylie who also designed Canberra's coat of arms."
and the following quote from Sutherland Shire Studies, Number 2, page 5, May 1997 (first published by Sutherland Shire Council, 1971):
"The flag's length is one-and-a-half times its breadth."
Note this official source says the flag was designed in 1927 rather than 1929.
Colin Dobson, 22 September 2005


  • Citizenship Ceremony, Sutherland Town Hall, 26 Jan 1999.
  • with Sutherland marching band, Anzac Day March, Sydney, 25 Apr 2001.
Jonathan Dixon, 3 May 2001