In December 1915 the famous Waratah March passed through the town of Port Kembla.
At the head of the march was carried a Red Ensign flag. This flag had been embroidered with the words ‘PORT KEMBLA 1915’, and in the lower right corner was a hand embroidered waratah flower. This work was done by the ladies of Port Kembla’s Warrington family.
This flag was handed back to the family in May 1916 and has remained in their care ever since.
Today the flag is held at the Breakwater Battery Battery Museum at Port Kembla where it is under going some intensive conservation work.
Unfortunately the flag is not on public display, but the museum has many other very good exhibits. They are open every 2nd and 4th Sunday from 10am to 2pm.
This flag not only represents the men and women from the town of Port Kembla, but is a reminder that it was ordinary people who put themselves in harms way for our peace and prosperity.
It now is one of the most important physical piece’s of memorabilia not only in the Illawarra but in Australia.