The story of how the striking Papua New Guinea bird of paradise national flag came to be designed has been cloaked in controversy these past 35 years. Now Hal Holman, the man who designed the PNG crest and who had a significant input into the design of the national flag, has told his story.
In his unpublished autobiography, The Phoenix Rises Eternal, Holman tells how political correctness and sheer deceit for many years prevented him from getting the recognition he should have received.
Here’s an extract…..
“You have some new work to show us, Mr Holman?”
“Yes, Mr Chairman.”
“You may show it to us then.”
After a short preamble I revealed the design of the crest. A murmur of approval sounded around the table. John Guise jumped to his feet. "Gentlemen, that's it! That's the crest our country needs!”
With that he marched up to the illustration and saluted. The design had the unanimous approval of the Committee.
You can read the full story of how the PNG flag and crest came to into being in The ASOPA Archives at left.
‘Insider’s story: How PNG got its flag’, an extract from ‘The Phoenix Rises Eternal’, an unpublished memoir by Haldane Sinclair Holman OAM