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Christmas Island

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[flag of Christmas Island] image by Zoltan Horvath, 3 May 2024
Flag ratio 1:2, adopted 14 Apr 1986, made official 26 Jan 2002

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History of the Flag

The flag of Christmas Island was chosen from a flag competition held in 1986 and announced on April 14, 1986. There were 69 entries in the competition which had a prize of $100 (Australian). The winning design was created by Tony Couch of Sydney, who had worked on the island for 4 years as a phosphate mining rigging supervisor. Although the flag was selected, its status has not been officially approved by the Christmas Island Assembly.

As you know, Christmas Island off the coast of Australia has had an unofficial flag since the 1980s. It appears this flag has been official since Australia Day 2002. I wrote the Christmas Island Government. They sent me this article, which is here.
Joshua Holman, 20 April 2006

The article the link refers to was published in The Islander, issue no. 245, on 1 February 2002. The Islander is the newsletter of the Shire of Christmas Island and the only local newspaper in circulation.
Margaret Robinson, CEO, Shire of Christmas Island, 26 April 2006

As far as the current status of Christmas Island, here are the basics:

1 Oct 1958 Following request by Commonwealth of Australia to the UK Parliament it became an Australian Territory under the Christmas Island Act 1958. Under that Act laws in force on the Island immediately before transfer to Australia were to continue (ie, laws of the Colony of Singapore as specified in the Christmas Island Order in Council 1957 plus certain regulations made by the Administrator of the Colony of Christmas Island during the period 1 Jan - 30 Oct 1958).

1984 Australian Government announced decision to move towards 'normalisation' policy and extension of mainland laws to Christmas Island. First Christmas Island Assembly elected by residents in 1985.

1 July 1992 the Local Government (Transition) Ordinance 1992 (under the Christmas Island Act 1992) established the Christmas Island Shire Council to direct and provide services to residents of the Island. The Council has the same powers as a Western Australian shire council. It replaced the Assembly and Services Corporation (Western Australia state laws were applied to the island).
Ben Cahoon, 4 September 2016

Symbolism of the flag

The blue and green triangles represent the sea surrounding the island and the vegetation of the island. The Southern cross in the blue triangle is the representation appearing in the Australian flag.

The image in the green triangle is the Golden Bosun Burd, which is unique to the island.

The gold disk in the center of the flag represents the island's phosphate mining history and originally included to provide a background for the green map of Christmas Island.

The flag was certainly influenced by that of Papua New Guinea
Željko Heimer, 7 February 2001

Carlos Esperza suggests that the southern cross may have stars with different numbers of points, as on the Victorian and Northern Territory flags:

[Alternative design] image by Carlos Esperza

My wife has returned from working on the Island and reported that the flag was flown at the Airport but not seen elsewhere as locals report they are frequently stolen, presumably as souvenirs.

A postcard photo [differs from] the Carlos Esperza version with the star to the right having 7 points. The green is darker (as in Norfolk Island).
Hayden Williams, 4 March 2006

Color specifications

The Olympic Flag Manuals donít illustrate this flag, because Christmas Island is not a member of the IOC or IPC.

The Album des Pavillons 2000 [pay00] gives an illustration, but with very light shades of blue and green, there is no color specification.

The Album des Pavillons 2023 also illustrate this flag, but with very dark shades of blue and green, there is no color specification.

Vexilla Mundi gives a very detailed construction sheet and gives colors in the Pantone system: PMS 281C (blue), PMS 361C (green) PMS 116C (yellow), and PMS White.

Wikipedia illustrates the flag, but doesnít give any color values.

Flag Color Codes gives the following color values:
Blue: Hex: #0021AD, RGB 0-33-173, CMYK 100-81-0-32, Pantone Dark Blue C, RAL 5005
Green: Hex: #1C8A42, RGB 28-138-66, CMYK 80-0-52-46, Pantone 7731 C, RAL 6032
White: Hex: #FFF FFF, RGB 255-255-255, CMYK 0-0-0-0, Pantone N/A, RAL N/A
Yellow: Hex: # FFC639, RGB 255-198-57, CMYK 0-22-78-0, Pantone 136 C, RAL 1018

Shire of Christmas Island (governing body) has a logo, the green map of island superimposed with bosum bird, image attached as cx).gif

Zoltan Horvath, 3 May 2024

Shire of Christmas Island logo

[flag of Christmas Island] image by Zoltan Horvath, 3 May 2024

The Shire of Christmas Island (the governing body) has a logo, featuring the green map of the island superimposed by a bosum bird.
Zoltan Horvath, 3 May 2024