Newcastle’s Birdwood Flag shines at National Trust Heritage Awards

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Celebrated: Dr Patricia Gillard said the red silk flag helped tell a story, which encouraged connection and understanding. Picture: Max Mason HubersTHE Newcastle team that organised the restoration of what could be the country’s oldest national flag hasbeen praised for itsingenuity, after it wasawarded a prestigious prize.

The Birdwood Heritage Committee –chaired by Dr Patricia Gillard –wasnamed winnerof the National Trust Heritage Awards’ interior and objects category for itswork to restore the 1917 Birdwood Flag, which was born in the Hunter and presented on thebattlefield to the Commander of the Australian Imperial Force.

National Trust of Australia (NSW) chief executive Debbie Mills said the project stood out because of its complexity; the way it revealed the story of the flag; and the ensign’svalue to soldiers and inthe debate over what the national flagshould be.