Anniversary of the First Flying of the Aboriginal Flag
The Aboriginal Flag represents Aboriginal Australians. The Flag is one of the official flags of Australia and holds special legal and political status.
The Flag was designed by Harold Thomas, a Luritja man of Central Australia and first flew on National Aboriginal Day in Adelaide in 1971. In 1972 the flag became known better publicly when it was chosen as the official flag for the Aboriginal Embassy in front of Parliament House in Canberra.
In 1995, the Aboriginal Flag was recognised by the Australian Government as an official ‘Flag of Australia’ under the Flags Act 1953. In 1997, the Federal Court officially recognised Harold Thomas as the author of the Flag, protecting it under the Copyright Act 1968.