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image by António Martins, 28 Nov 2005
When the Australian government established the Australian Capital Territory
almost 100 years ago, one of the requirements was that the seat of government should have access to the sea.
Because Canberra is an inland city, a peninsula on the South
Coast of New South Wales (Jervis Bay) was made Commonwealth territory as well.
There is no requirement, however, for Jervis Bay to be connected to
Canberra. JBT was considered part
part of the Capital Territory until the rest of the ACT was granted self-government in 1988. The planned rail link between Canberra and Jervis Bay has never materialised.
Miles Li, 10-11 August 2004, 5 February 2007
Some facts on Jervis Bay:
The Australian Government publication 'Australian Flags' [ozf98] notes that Jervis Bay Territory
does not have its own flag. I have been to Jervis Bay once many years ago, and the only flag I saw in
the village was the National Flag at the Police Station.
Miles Li, 11 August 2004
image by John Moody, 20 October 2018
The colours of the proposed Jervis Bay Territory flag:
Green and Gold represent Jervis Bay Territory attachment to Australia as an Internal/Federal Territory. Blue and Gold represent Jervis Bay's attachment to the Australian Capital Territory until separation in 1989. White for the association of Jervis Bay to the Royal Australian Navy. Green also represents Jervis Bay as a National park, its flora and fauna and the wealth of the land. Gold for sunshine, hope and optimism. Blue for the ocean and its importance to Jervis Bay, Jervis Bay was established as a seaport for the Australian Capital Territory. White also represents trade and commerce.
The design is in the form of a satire with a circular device in the centre containing a stylized map of Jervis Bay Territory. The circular device is congruent with two other Australian Territories using the same device these being Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands. Christmas Island also using a map of its island, Cocos (Keeling) Island a palm tree. The saltire represents Trade Routes, Jervis Bay was set up as a seaport for the Australian Capital Territory. The saltire is also a device to direct the eyes to the centre of the flag which contains the map of Jervis Bay.
John Moody, 14 September 2018
Jervis Bay Territory is the only internal Australian Territory without a distinctive flag. This proposed flag was designed in 2014.
The last Australian Territory to adopt a distinctive flag was Cocos (Keeling) Islands in 2003/official 2004, 15 years ago. This left 5 Australian Territories without distinctive flags among these the Jervis Bay Territory. In my opinion amongst others Jervis Bay Territory would be the next most likely Australian Territory to adopt a distinctive flag. I know of at least two other proposals other than mine for a distinctive Jervis Bay Territory flag.
An article in Crux Australis volume 29/4 issue 120 October-December 2016 has
an article about flag proposals for Jervis Bay. My design is detailed on page
205 in that issue. The article also details another flag proposal for Jervis Bay
from a fellow vexillologist. My proposal for a Jervis Bay Territory is listed by
TMEALF flags and can be found on the custom digitally printed and silk screened
flags (October 2015 digitals).
John Moody, 20 October 2018