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by Juan Manuel Gabino
Flag adopted 5th January 1882, abolished 24th October 1949
According to Flaggenbuch 1939, the Governor's flag was also the national flag of the territory known as (British) North Borneo (Company).
Flaggenbuch 1939 adds (Priv.) does this mean that the territory was a private property of the British North Borneo Company?
Ivan Sache, 2 January 2001
From: Cumberland Clark, The crown colonies and their history, London, 1939:
In 1938 the British North Borneo Company still continued to exercise its administrative powers. It did so under North Borneo's own flag, which consists of the Union Jack, with the Borneo badge that is, a red lion on a yellow ground in the centre.
Jarig Bakker, 2 January 2001
The governor was appointed by the Court of Directors and not by the Crown, so the badge on
the Union Flag did not have the usual garland of laurel leaves. (...) 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