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Civil Ensign 1882-1948 (British North Borneo, Malaysia)

Last modified: 2006-08-26 by ian macdonald
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[Civil Ensign 1882-1948 (North Borneo, Malaysia)] 1:2   image by Juan Manuel Gabino
Flag adopted 5th January 1882, abolished 24th October 1949

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A defaced Red Ensign was necessary as the inhabitants of North Borneo were not British subjects and therefore not entitled to fly the plain Red Ensign. In the Admiralty Flag Book 1889 the lion faces the fly but is changed to face the hoist in a 1902 amendment. I think that this was probably to correct an error in the book and not a change in the design of the flag.
David Prothero
, 4 January 2001