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12 July - Aboriginals stands proudly under this today.

Unread postby Max ADU » Sun Jul 14, 2013 1:36 pm

Today in Australian History
Monday, July 12, 1971.


The Australian Aboriginal
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flag is flown for the first time.

It was first flown on National Aborigines' Day at Victoria Square, Adelaide on National Aborigines' Day, 12 July 1971.

Now one of Australia official flags
On 14 July 1995, together with the Torres Strait Islander Flag, the Aboriginal flag was proclaimed by the Australian government as one of the "Flags of Australia" and holds special legal and political status, but it is not the "Australian National Flag".

What the flag represents
The Australian Aboriginal
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flag is dominated by a yellow sun in the centre, red in the lower half and black in the upper half.


The flag was created by Aboriginal activist and artist Harold Thomas. Thomas chose the red ochre to represent the red soil of Australia, and the black to represent the Aboriginal people of Australia and the pride of being black in Australia. The yellow sun was chosen for its commonality as a colour used in aboriginal art, but also because Thomas regarded it as a symbol for all people.
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