Red Ensign

Red Ensign 1801-1901 flag

Red Ensign

Merchant (commercil trading) ships and private pleasure craft belonging to Australians flew this ensign from 1801 until Federation of Australia. Because of its extensive use in the days of the vast British Empire the “Red Duster” was said to have been one of the best known flags in the world. This ensign was the appropriate flagfor trading vessels on Australian riversand Australian ships at sea.