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[University of Queensland flag] image provided by Michael Astle, 17 June 2011

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Description of the flag

The picture of the flag of the University of Queensland is a snapshot from the panorama at, showing the flag flying from the Forgan Smith building at the St Lucia (main) campus.

The flag is a dark blue over white horizontal bicolour with the arms of the university in the centre, and below that the text "The University of Queensland" (smallcaps) / "AUSTRALIA" (in blue?). The arms and the text make up the university logo adopted as part of a Corporate Identity Program in 1991, but the guidelines (then or current) are not available without password, and I am not sure whether this particular arrangement is used other than on a flag.

The arms themselves are gold, with a blue cross patee (a reference to the blue Maltese Cross of the state badge) surmounted by an open book (signifying knowledge and learning). (Blazon: Or, a Cross Patee azure surmounted by an open Book proper.) Below the shield is a gold ribbon bearing the motto Scientia ac Labore, generally translated ‘by means of knowledge and hard work’. (Source: The University of Queensland’s Coat of Arms: Historical Aspects, Histori|co Research Services)

The photo shows the flag flying alongside the Australian and Queensland flags, before the installation of two more flagpoles allowing the university to regularly fly the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags at the same time from 24 February 2011.
Michael Astle, 17 June 2011