Designer of the Australian Flag, Ivor William Evans (b.1887) his father Evan Evans (d.1927) a native of Llanrhystud. Ivor Evans born on 24 July 1887 at Carlton, Melbourne (d.1960), was the third and youngest son of Evans and his Tasmanian-born wife Sally Clara, née Russell

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Evan Evans a native of Llanrhystud, Ceredigion, Wales

Evan Evans Tent, Tarpaulin & Flag Manufacturer, Designer of the Federal Flag.
Evan Evans Tent, Tarpaulin & Flag Manufacturer, Designer of the Federal Flag.

In 1877 Evan Evans (d.1927) a native of Llanrhystud, at the age of 24 started manufacturing tents out of canvas. After his ship was wrecked off the coast of Warrnambool and he decided to settle in Victoria.

Designer of the Australian Flag

Ivor William Evans born on 24 July 1887 at Carlton, Melbourne (d.1960), was the third and youngest son of Evans and his Tasmanian-born wife Sally Clara, née Russell. While attending Princes Hill State School, at the age of 13 Ivor entered a competition (to design the Australian Flag) announced by the prime minister’s office on 29 April 1901 to design a Federal flag. According to one reckoning, 32,823 entries were received.

Evans Australian Tent & Tarpaulin Depot.
Evans Australian Tent & Tarpaulin Depot.

Five almost identical entries were chosen as the winning design, and their designers shared the £200 (2016: £17,200) prize money. They were Ivor Evans, a fourteen-year-old schoolboy from Melbourne; Leslie John Hawkins, a teenager apprenticed to an optician from Sydney; Egbert John Nuttall, an architect from Melbourne; Annie Dorrington, an artist from Perth; and William Stevens, a ship’s officer from Auckland, New Zealand. The five winners received £40 each.

At 2.30 on the afternoon of 3 September 1901 a flag made to the winning design was unfurled above the dome of the Exhibition Building in Melbourne. Ivor went on to run Australia’s No.1 flag manufacturer: Evan Evans, from 1922-1956.

In 2016 it will be 115 years since the Australian flag was first flown, a big day in Australian history.

Evan Evans Obituary

Obituary of Evan Evans of Llanrhystud.
Obituary of Evan Evans of Llanrhystud.

June 15 1928
Obituary
An Australian Welshman
Designer of Federal Flag

The death has occurred at his home in St. kilda, Victoria, Australia, of Mr Evan Evans, the designer of the Federal flag of Australia. His passing removes one of the most prominent figures in the business life of Melbourne and one of the best known of Welsh Australians. Born in the village of Llanrhystyd, in Cardiganshire, he settled in Australia, where he married. As a tent and tarpaulin manufacturer, he built up a flourishing trade, and during the war his name was known to nearly every Australian solider for it was printed on the tents occupied by Australian troops. He will, however, be chiefly remembered as the designer of the beautiful Federal flag of Australia, with its blue background, the Union Jack in the top left-hand corner and six white stars, representing the six Australian States, arranged like the constellation of the Southern Cross. This was the winning design in a national competition held more than a quarter of a century ago, and became the flag of the new Commonwealth.
Mr Evans was and uncle of Mr E. T. Griffiths, M.A., L.es.L., headmaster of the Porth County School.

 

References

  1. Evan Evans is at the forefront of the flag, banner and signage industry
    https://evanevans.com.au/
  2. Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 14, (MUP), 1996
    http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/evans-ivor-william-10130
  3. 130-year-old Melbourne flag manufacturer celebrates its historical ties with the Anzac centenary
    http://www.smartcompany.com.au/growth/export/46576-130-year-old-melbourne-flag-manufacturer-celebrates-its-historical-ties-with-the-anzac-centenary/

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Comments

  1. Enjoyed researching this, though Evan Evans originated from Llanrhystud it was his son Ivor William Evans who co-designed the Australian flag, who know’s his father may have had some small part to play in Ivor’s design?
    Would be interesting to find out where Evan lived in the village and if the house still survives?
    The original Australian company Evan Evans is still going strong today and remains at the forefront of the flag, banner and signage industry!

  2. I believe his home has long since been demolished. Apparently, it was opposite Royal Diadem next to Rose Cottage. The Community Council wrote to the Australian High Commission a few years back to see if they would be willing to put a plaque up in the village to commemorate Mr Evans’ achievements, but they refused!

    1. Is it not possible for the Llanrhystud council to do this themselves or do they have to have permission. Would be good on the signs entering the village.

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