The New South Wales State Flag
The first badge of New South Wales, authorised in 1869, was simply a red cross of St. George om a white field. The current badge on the New South Wales flag shoes a gold lion of England in the centre of the red cross of St. George. The background is white. The badge has been used on the flag since 1876. The stars represent the Southern Cross, and the gold lion and St. George Cross reflect the British heritage of the first European settlers. The St. George Cross is also the traditional badge of the British Royal Navy.