Royal Womens Hospital flag

This hospital flag was first hoisted on top of the Royal Womens Hospital on October 2nd 1969 by Sister Jean Crameri. The flag is blue with a central design featuring the Armorial Bearings borrowed directly from the Melbourne City Council and used with permission from the Council. The flag has a white strip at one end and at each end of this are metal hooks to attached the flag to the flag pole. A description of the Amorial Bearings design was published in the hospital 'Bulletin' in October 1969 and reads as follows: "Granted by Royal warrant under the Seals of the Garter Clarenceux and Norry Kings of Arms, Thirtieth Day of January in the Fourth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Sixth in the year of our Lord One thousand nine hundred and forty. ARMORIAL BEARINGS OF THE CORPORATION: Argent on a cross cottished Gules between in the first quarter a Fleece proper banded Azure ringed of the second in the second quarter on Waves of the Sea a Whale naiant in the third quarter on a Mount a Bull statant and in the fourth quarter on Waves of the Sea a three-mastered Ship in full sail a representation of the Imperial Crown all also proper. And for the Crest on a Wreath of the colours A Demis Kangaroo to the sinister reguardant proper, together with the Motto "VIRES ACQUIRIT EUNDO".

The womens flag does not have the Kangaroo or Latin motto, instead it bears the title "Melbourne" and the "Royal Womens Hospital" below the bearings.

There are two flags in the collection, this and A1996_42_002. One of these flags was flown every day over the entrance of the Royal Womens' Hospital until circa 1993 when the hosptial stopped using the Melbourne City Council design.
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polyester blend, cotton, metal
178.0 x 360.0 cm
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