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by António Martins and Jaume Ollé, 29 January
1965 blue ensign
by António Martins and Jaume Ollé, 29 January
British Guyana 1965 red ensign (probable)
by Jaume Ollé, 6 February 2000
British Guyana governors
by Jaume Ollé, 30 June 1997
The badge of Guyana
The badge of Guyana. Was used within a white circle in the
blue (and probably also on a red ensign), prior to 1964.
Source: Flag of All Nations 1955 [hms55]
Jaume Ollé, 30 June 1997
I would say the blue ensign should not have the white circle
Santiago Dotor, 1 February 2000
The image of the Blue Ensign of British Guiana had the badge
on white disc. According to Barraclough (1965) [bar65], "The badge of British
Guiana appears on the Blue Ensign without any background ...
Bruce Berry, 4 February 2000
This Flag of All Nations 1955 [hms55]
is the Admiralty flag book -- in case of doubt, I'd follow it
instead of Barraclough [bar65].
António Martins, 4 February 2000
You would think that a white disc was unnecessary but Change 2
(March 1965) to the 1955 AFB, which listed all the colonial
badges and whether or not they were on a white disc, indicates
that it should be on a white disc. This badge was in use 1955 to
1966: Based on the arms; Royal Warrant 6 December 1954.None of
the badges was an official defacement of the Red Ensign
David Prothero, 4 February 2000
image by Željko Heimer, 21 March 2003
image by António Martins, 24 July 2004
Flag of Guyana before independence. I don't know the ratio and
have drawn it as 1:2. Abolished in 1966.
Jaume Olle, 24 January 1996
Please be advised that the flag depicted as the British Guiana
flag (i.e. before independence) is incorrect. Prior to its
independence, Guyana was a British colony, therefore, officially
the British Guiana flag was the Union Jack. The flag colours
depicted on site as being British Guiana's bears some resemblance
to one of the pennants used by one of the political parties.
Harry Lime, 12 October 1997
The flag shown, 5 horizontal stripes, black over green over
yellow over white over red is certainly not the flag of British
Guiana, as it was called until independence in 1966. It could
well be that of one of the two main political parties, either
Jagan's People's Progressive Party, or Burnham's People's
National Congress. Although B.G. had full internal
self-government between 1961 and 1966 the official flag would
still have been British. It's probable that technically, and as a
matter of practice, the national land flag was the Union Jack.
The Blue Ensign defaced with the badge of the colony was
officially still a purely maritime flag. However since it
wouldn't be particularly informative to show Union Jacks for all
British colonies prior to independence I think that the
appropriate flag would be the Blue Ensign with the badge of B.G..
Between 1954 and 1966 this was a starboard bow view of a
three-masted sailing ship, on a shield, with a scroll below,
directly onto the fly.
D. Prothero, 12 October 1997
I am a Guyanese born and bred, but until I saw your depiction
of the former Guyanese was not aware and have never seen it. I
left Guyana in late '72 and as far as I'm aware the flag before
Independence was the Union Jack. If I'm wrong and you are aware
of facts that I'm not, I'm not averse to being corrected, but
until then I think you should recheck your data. Regards
Des Wight, 5 May 1998
The same question was asked on 12th October last year. I
answered then that the flag, five horizontal stripes
black, green, yellow, white, red, was probably the flag of one of the
two main political parties of the time, either Jagan's People's
Progressive Party or Burnham's People's National Congress.
David Prothero, 6 May 1998
I answered to Mr. Wight the following
Many thanks for your news about Guyana, but you are wrong. The former Guyana flag with five horizontal stripes of Black, green, yellow, white and red was designed under the Jagan government around 1964, but never adopted officially. Several encyclopaedias and books show this flag previously at independence, but later another design was selected because the leftist government of Jagan was supplanted by another government.
The proposal for the independence flag was made by W. Smith and was red, with two triangles with base in the hoist: the first one (the small) green, and the second yellow. But the proposal was retouched because the five colors are considered the national ones and then fimbriations were added to the Smith proposal
The five-striped flag wasn't abolished and exists currently under the name of "folklorical flag"
Jaume Olle, 6 May 1998
The official flag before independence was the Union Jack (the
British flag). The five horizontal-striped "flag" was
not really a flag. It was (is) the design of a decorative length
of cloth used for draping public buildings during national
celebrations. It came into use after independence. It definitely
is not the design of any political party flag.
Amb. Odeen Ishmael, Guyana Embassy - Washington DC, 18 December 2000