The Flag of the City of Sydney The red
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The Flag of the City of Sydney The red cross is overlaid with a globe and two stars, the principal features of Captain James Cook’s Arms which were granted as a posthumous honour for his service in the discovery of Australia, whilst commis- sioned as a naval officer. T he flag of the City of The Arms in the top right are those of the Sydney is flown from first Lord Mayor of Sydney, the Hon Sydney Town Hall. The Thomas Hughes, M.L.C. It was during his design incorporates features from the term of office that the title of Mayor Coat of Arms for the City of Sydney became Lord Mayor, and the official Coat which was granted by the British College of Arms for the city was granted. of Heralds in 1908. The remaining field of the flag is subdivided The flag is a horizontal triband of three into gold and blue thirds overlaid with a colours, white, gold and blue. The top sailing ship under full sail, an allusion to the third features three armorial designs. In prominence of Sydney as a maritime port. the top left, the arms are those of Thomas Townshend, Viscount Sydney after Thomas whom the City was named. His inclusion Townsend, Viscount recognises the important role he played Sydney as Principal Under-Secretary of State in the English government in 1788, the year of the City’s foundation. The Naval Flag of England in the centre acknowledges the contribution of Captain Arthur Philip in the foundation of Sydney.