The Aboriginal Flag

Dominic College flies the Aboriginal Flag in two places on its property. It is flown with the Australian flag and the Tasmanian state flag at the entrance to our Year 3- 5 precinct. It also flies singularly with our commemorative symbol to remember the muwinina people in our K-2 precinct.

The flag has become a symbol of Aboriginal people and their First Nation status worldwide.

It was developed by artist Harold Thomas, a Luritja man from Central Australia and a member of the Stolen Generations.

The top half of the flag is black and symbolises Aboriginal people. The red in the lower half represents the earth and the colour of ochre, which has ceremonial significance. The circle of yellow in the centre of the flag represents the sun. Harold Thomas says the colours of the flag represent the Aboriginal people of Australia and their spiritual connection to the land.

The flag was first raised on 9 July in 1971 at a land rights rally in Adelaide. It has become an enduring symbol of Aboriginal peoples’ courage and strength and their ongoing spiritual connection to the land.

In 1995, the Aboriginal Flag and the Torres Strait Islander Flag became 'Flags of Australia' under the Flags Act 1953.