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Australian Klondike Flag

[Australian Klondike flag] image located by Dave Martucci, 26 June 2010

The National Museum of Australia recently acquired a flag that was apparently commissioned by a group of Australians who went to the Klondike goldfields in 1898, purchased a boat, named it the 'Kangaroo', and commissioned the flag. They travelled 400 miles into the wilderness to "the smelliest place on earth" as quoted in the "Jamieson Chronicle" in December 1898. One of the men, who had been a miner back in Australia, was Charles Lloyd and the flag has been in his family since. The flag is mentioned in Brian Lloyd's "Gold at the Ten Mile: The Jamieson Goldfield" (Shoestring Bookshop, Wangaratta [Vic], 1978), pg. 163.

The flag is small, 35" x 39" (90 cm x 100 cm), hand-painted blue with a variant of the pre-federation Australia Coat-of-Arms painted on each side. The two versions of the Arms are slightly different. On one side of the flag "Klondyke 1898 Alaska" is written in very small letters, possibly in ink.
Dave Martucci, 26 June 2010