300px, Flag of the British Colony of Transvaal The Flag of Transvaal was the official flag of the Transvaal Colony, Transvaal colony in South Africa from ''circa'' 1903 to 1910. It formed part of a system of colonial flags that was used throughout the British Empire. It was superseded by the Flag of South Africa (1928–1994), flag of the Union of South Africa.


In a series of decisions made in 1864, 1865, and 1869, the British government decided that every colony should have a distinctive badge, to be displayed on flags at sea. The governor was to display the badge in the centre of the Union Jack when travelling by sea; vessels owned by the colony's government were to display it in the fly of the Blue Ensign; and, with British Admiralty, Admiralty permission, privately owned ships registered in the colony could display the badge in the fly of the Red Ensign. This system is still in operation in the remaining British overseas territories.Weekes, N. (2008). ''Colonial Flag Badges : A Chronology''. A flag badge was duly approved for the Transvaal Colony (formerly the South African Republic), shortly after it had been annexed to the British Empire in 1902. Although landlocked, the colony is believed to have used the defaced Blue Ensign on land.Burgers, A.P. (2008). ''The South African Flag Book''.


The badge was circular, and showed a lion lying down in the veld. The lion was no doubt derived from the colony's new Public Seal, and it had also featured on the former South African Republic's Coat of arms of the Transvaal, coat of arms.



* Brownell, F.G. (1993). ''National and Provincial Symbols''. * Burgers, A.P. (1997). ''Sovereign Flags over Southern Africa''. * Burgers, A.P. (2008). ''The South African Flag Book''. * Pama, C. (1965). ''Lions and Virgins''. * Weekes, N. (2008). ''Colonial Flag Badges : A Chronology''.

See also

* List of South African flags * Flag of the Cape Colony * Flag of Goshen * Flag of Natal * Flag of the Natalia Republic * Flag of the Nieuwe Republiek * Flag of the Orange Free State * Flag of the Orange River Colony * Flag of South Africa * Flag of the South African Republic * Flag of Stellaland Flags introduced in 1903 Flags of South Africa South African heraldry Blue Ensigns Historical flags {{Africa-flag-stub