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  • Name of Tartan:
    Australia - 1984 (District)
  • Alternative Name: Australian
  • ITI Number: 611
  • Category: Australian District
  • Designer / Source: Reid, John
  • Date: 1984
  • Slog: WRO:WRO
  • Colour Sequence: BROROKOROROKORORW
  • Thread Count: Available to STA members only
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Australia - 1984 (District)
  • Notes: Melbourne architect John Reid won the tartan design competition mounted by The Scottish Australian Heritage Council. The warm earth colours are said to be reminiscent of the 'great outback'. Based on swatch from Mrs. Rosemary Samios of Australia and Isle of Skye. STA sample in Bill Johnston Collection. Sample in STA Dalgety Collection. In another sample (Australia #1) the dark brown has been replaced with red. Design based on MacQuarrie for Lachlan MacQuarrie, first Scots Governor of Australia. Colours based on the five most used by Aborigines - ochre, red/brown, black, white and cobalt blue. It has never been officially accepted as Australia's national tartan but the SAHC is working (July 2008) to have it designated as such. A July 2008 report points out that the tartan is recognised and worn by the Royal Australian Army.
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