Canadian Flag prototype on cheesecloth

Happy National Flag of Canada Day! Queen’s Archives is the proud recipient of John Matheson’s papers, including his work as a leading member of the committee to choose a new design for the Canadian flag. One of the many treasures regarding this committee is a Canadian flag prototype on cheesecloth, as seen in this photograph.

This prototype was used by Joan O’Malley to sew the first Canadian maple-leaf flag that was presented to the Canadian Parliament by Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson in 1964.

At the stroke of noon on February 15 1965, Canada’s new flag was raised for the very first time.

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