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House flag of Burns, Philp and Company shipping line

Dimensions:
Overall: 670 x 1310 mm, 200 kg
Medium: Canvas, nylon rope
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Eric Olufson
Classification:Visual communication
Object Name: Flag
Object No: 00037586

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    Description
    This house flag of the shipping line Burns, Philp and Company features a central green thistle purple flower on a diagonal tricolour background of red, white and blue. The Scotch thistle was the logo of Burns, Philp and Company since its incorporation in 1883.
    SignificanceThis house flag of the merchant shipping company Burns, Philp & Co, was widely recognised among Australians as the company's ships were prominent in the development of Australian trade and passenger networks in the South Pacific region.
    HistoryBurns, Philp & Co Ltd became incorporated in 1883. Their early merchant activities included running small stores on Queensland's goldfields at Gympie and shipping goods between Brisbane and Sydney. The company expanded and went on to run a fleet of merchant ships trading in the Pacific, establishing plantations and warehouses.

    In the interwar period of the 20th century Burns, Philp & Co was a well known name in Australia, their ships were clearly recognisable by their Scotch Thistle flag. The flag's Scottish themed logo was designed as both the company’s founders James Burns and Robert Philp were from Scotland.

    During World War II many of the ships of Burns, Philp & Co were incorporated into the Merchant Navy and used as troop transports or supply carriers. After the war the vessels resumed their duties conducting trade for Burns, Philp & Co. The company operated on the Australian Stock Exchange until December 2006 when it was divided up and sold.

    Additional Titles

    Primary title: HOUSE FLAG OF THE BURNS, PHILP AND COMPANY SHIPPING LINE, TRICOLOUR OF RED, WHITE AND BLUE SET DIAGONALLY WITH A GREEN THISTLE WITH PURPLE FLOWER AT THE CENTRE OF THE WHITE LINE

    Web title: House flag of Burns, Philp and Company shipping line

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