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[pre-amalgamation flag of Hamilton Ontario]
by Jarig Bakker

See also:

Current city flag

Previous to 1974,Wentworth County administered the area (to my knowledge; I've never lived in a "County"!); in 1974, the Regional Municipality of Hamilton-Wentworth was formed, with the 'member' communities (City of Stoney Creek, City of Hamilton, Town of Ancaster, Town of Dundas, Township of Flamborough, Township of Glanbrook) taking care of municipal matters with the Region taking care of wider, regional matters.

In 2001, the Regional Municipality of Hamilton-Wentworth fell victim to the Progressive Conservative government of Mike Harris policy of "downloading" and amalgamating, whereby to cut government costs, the Provincial government 'downloaded' formerly Provincial responsibilities to regions and municipalities. As an example, the former "Queen's Highways" #5 and #2 were provincial responsibilities, whereas now they are called "Halton Region Highway #5 (Dundas Street)", and "Halton Region Highway #2 (Lakeshore Boulevard)". Amalgamation was where the regions were merged into 1 "supercity". Besides Hamilton-Wentworth, Toronto, Sudbury, Kingston and Ottawa-Carleton were also amalgamated between 1998 and 2002.
Georges G. Kovari 18 March 2005

From the Hamilton website:

Description: Bishop Ralph Spence designed the flag. Bishop Spence is Canadaís leading specialist in the Science of Flags or Vexillology. He has designed numerous flags for municipalities and governments.

The dimensions of the flag are two to one. These are the same dimensions as the National Flag of Canada. The flag is divided with a Canadian Pale in royal blue with borders of golden yellow. The flag uses two major elements taken directly from the City of Hamiltonís Grant of Arms. The golden yellow Cinquefoil is a heraldic flower of five petals that is the badge of the Clan Hamilton and represents the name of the city. The links circling the Cinquefoil, also golden yellow in colour, have two meanings - first, a circle of links is the standard heraldic symbol for unity, and second, they symbolize steel. The six larger links are symbolic of the six communities joined in unity. This flag when flown with the Canadian Flag - either stationary on a pole or flown from flagpoles outside at the same height - would be complimentary and distinctive in Canada.

Jarig Bakker, 17 March 2005


or on a Canadian pale Azure a cinquefoil encircled by a chain as in the Arms Or

The City's flag is modeled on the national flag with the cinquefoil and chain taken from the arms.
Pascal Vagnat, 1 August 2005, citing Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges of Canada

Pre-Amalgamation Flag

[pre-amalgamation flag of Hamilton Ontario]
by Blas Delgado

The flag is composed of a white field with the red maple leaf of the National Canadian Flag in the upper right fly.

Commencing in the canton, a green horizontal bar proceeds lengthwise, then bends at an angle of approximately 45 degrees and proceeds diagonally to the lower fly, then again becomes horizontal and proceeds lengthwise in green with white block letters proclaiming "HAMILTON" occupying one-quarter of the green bar which changes to ultramarine blue to the end of the fly. The upper horizontal bar represents the Hamilton Mountain, the diagonal bar represents the escarpment, the lower horizontal green bar represents the lower City and the ultra marine blue portion of the bar represents the Harbour.

Adjacent to the hoist, the shield of the Corporation Seal of the City of Hamilton is located. In the upper third of the shield is a black, red and white steamer, fully rigged on a blue background, representing commerce. In the middle third, a brown beaver on a white background representing prudence. In the lower third, a gold beehive with bees on a blue background representing industry.

The final design for the City of Hamilton Flag was chosen and adopted by Hamilton City Council on October 29, 1985.
Phil Nelson, 27 March 1999