Paynesville Maritime Museum has been given a collection (not a complete set) of signal code flags but as they have no history at this size of use in our area of local history we are offering them to another interested maritime museum.

Our policy is that we only collect items with a connection to local history and the flags equipped on board the steamers were much smaller than these. Hence, rather than leave them in a box for the silverfish to devour, we want to see them where they had some relevance.

The donor said the flags had been used at Point Lonsdale, Victoria, for naval training some 40 years ago but we have not tried to verify this. They are in very good condition and consist of B, C, D, F, G, J, L,M, O,P, Q, S, T, V, X, Z plus zero and naval zero and a flag marked as "church".

As seen in the photo, these flags are BIG (I am 180 cm) and not for the fainthearted.

Whomever gets the flags will need to fund the shipping (estimate $35) and we would like to think that we can arrange some sort of swap of an item that fits with our history (see see our website) but the important part is to find a suitable home for the flags.

Rob Cook (

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Comment by Rob Cook on May 31, 2017 at 23:19

Thanks to a kind promotion by ANMM staff the flags have now found a new home at Queenscliffe Maritime Museum in Victoria. Great to see them go to where they will fit in and perform a useful role. Really hurts to let good things go but they were not relevant to the Gippsland Lakes and our policy at Paynesville Maritime Museum is to strictly ensure authenticity. Now to move on to the next project.

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