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Wominjeka I Welcome

This guide will help you find some resources relevant to your assignments on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies and issues.

Acknowledgement of Country

William Angliss Library would like to acknowledge the people of the Woi Wurrung and Boon Wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nations on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the William Angliss. William Angliss Library respectfully acknowledge their Ancestors and Elders, past and present.

Aboriginal flag

With thanks to the Indigenous Australia website for this information about the Australian flag. The Aboriginal flag is a symbol of Aboriginal pride and history.

"The Aboriginal flag was designed by Harold Thomas in 1971. It is divided into two equal halves. The top is black, the bottom is red and there is a yellow circle in the centre. The black half symbolises Aboriginal people past, present and future. The yellow circle is the sun, the giver and re-newer of life. The red half of the flag is the earth. It also represents red ochre symbolising spiritual attachment to the land. It was the 30th anniversary of the flag's creation in 2001.

The flag was first flown at Victoria Square in Adelaide on National Aboriginies day July 12th 1971, it was later used at the Tent Embassy in Canberra in 1972, when Aboriginal people were seeking national justice, including land rights, education, legal rights and health. Today the flag is used by all Aboriginal groups and is flown at Aboriginal centres all over Australia."


Torres Strait Islander flag

With thanks to the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies for this information about the Torres Strait Islander flag.

"The Torres Strait Islander Flag was created as a symbol of unity and identity for Torres Strait Islander peoples, designed by the late Bernard Namok from Thursday Island.

It was the winning entry from a design competition held as part of a Cultural Revival Workshop, organised by The Islands Co-ordinating Council in January 1992. The flag was recognised by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission in June 1992 and given equal prominence with the Aboriginal flag.

 In July 1995, it was recognised by the Australian Government as an official 'Flag of Australia' under the Flags Act 1953."


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