Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | September 24, 2015

Artifact of the Week. The Canadian Red Ensign.



The original Canadian Red Ensign showing the coat of arms for Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, 1867 to 1872.


The Canadian Ensign in use from 1873 to 1905 shows the coat of arms for Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Manitoba.  This example measuring 104 inches x 50 inches was donated to the Cornwall Community Museum.

The Red Ensign has appeared in many forms around the world since its use was first authorized by Queen Anne of England for merchant vessels in 1707.

The Canadian version underwent numerous changes to reflect the countries growth and the provincial coat of arms adorned the shield until Canada was granted its own coat of arms in 1921.

In 1892 the British Admiralty authorized the use of the Ensign for Canadian vessels and its use on Canadian government buildings in 1924.scan0039




The Canadian Maple Leaf is raised for the first time in front of the United Counties of SD & G Building in Cornwall, Ontario on Feb. 15, 1965.scan0038


Retired RCMP Officer Gaeten Secours, who first raised the Maple Leaf on Parliament in 1965 takes part in the 40th anniversary of the raising of the Canadian Flag in front of Cornwall City Hall in 2005.




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