Local history,Local stories...Sutherland Shire Flag
Sutherland Shire Libraries Wednesday, August 03, 2016Sutherland Shire Flag
The Sutherland Shire Flag (seen flying here in 1938) bears the red cross of St. George upon a white background, symbolising the naval ensign under which Captain Cook sailed. At the centre of a blue field (the ocean) surrounded by a green wreath of laurel lies a globe amid two ‘estoiles’ representing the north and south polar stars (Cook’s Arms).
“What do we want a bally old flag for?” asked the Cronulla-Sutherland Advocate newspaper on 6 September 1929 when the new flag was revealed, “For pride in our Shire… On its eastern boundary the great waves of the Pacific break unceasingly. Over its bridge-spanned river the Prince’s Highway, linking east and west, runs. Southward lies a monument for all time to the farsightedness of a great statesman who reserved, in all its natural beauty, a playground for the people, the National Park. Progress is evidenced on every hand. Why should we not wave a flag over it and “tell the world” how pleasant is the place whereon our tents are pitched?”
“A flag is not merely a piece of bunting fluttering on the breeze,” the Advocate continued poetically, “it is a symbol … (and our) flag symbolises pride, remembrance (and) hope.”