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  • Other titles
    • Zuid Afrikaanse Republik or South African Republic (descriptive name)
    • Vierkleur (alternative name)
    • Tobruck, Ww2 (associated name)
  • Description
    Flag purportedly taken from a dugout, Tobruk, WW2; rectangle shape; vertical green panel at the left corner with 3 horizontal stripes next to it in red, white and blue; damage to the right hand corners
    The flag is the “four-colour” Vierkleur, the state flag of the former Zuid Afrikaanse Republik or South African Republic (Boer Republic in the region of the Transvaal), which existed from 1852 to 1877, and again from 1881 to 1902. Transvaalers fought under this flag during the Anglo-Boer War.
    The flag is marked "Q Curnahan RNVR."
  • Place
  • Other Number
    1960.51, F049, W1602
  • Accession number
  • Accession date
  • Collection area
  • Item count
  • Record richness
flag, 1960.51, F049, W1602
flag, 1960.51, F049, W1602


  • Credit
    Collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, F049
  • Notes
    Zuid Afrikaanse Republik or South African Republic Flag, pre-1902 but
    "taken from a dug-out in Tobruk after the first advance into the town" during WW2.
    Donor, Brigadier Kenneth McCormick, enlisted with 2 NZEF as a Colonel and Acting Director Medical Services (ADMS) in January 1940. He was promoted to Brigadier and Director of Medical Services (DMS), October 1940. He returned to NZ in April 1943.
    The flag is marked "Q Curnahan RNVR", which implies the flag belonged (at least initially) to a member of the South African division of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, which was South Africa's only real naval involvement at the beginning of WW2. South African land forces did take part in the Battle of Tobruk.
  • Event
    World War II
  • Person
  • Place
  • Date
    1 January 1939 to 31 December 1943
  • Production
    unknown (flag maker)
    1 January 1837 to 22 January 1901
    Anglo-Boer War
    pre-Anglo Boer War
    Queen Victoria (1837 - 1901), English reign
  • Consists of
    0 - Whole › cloth
  • Dimensions
    • 0 - Whole height : 1829mm
      (6'0" x 11'5")
    • 0 - Whole length : 3480mm
  • Classification
  • Record created
    6 October 2010

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