The British Red Ensign (1707–1800)


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This is a historical, fully sewn flag measuring 3 yards (2740mm x 1370mm).

This flag holds historical significance in Australia as it was flown when the British arrived in Australia in 1770. Lieutenant James Cook on HM Bark Endeavour on his first voyage of discovery was the first European to explore the east coast of Australia. He landed at Kurnell on Botany Bay on 29 April 1770. The Endeavour was in the service of the Royal Navy, but as it was not attached to any fleet, it flew the British Red Ensign (one of three flags then used by the Royal Navy).