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Australia Day - the people, the sun & the land

Painting by Louise Napangardi Dickson (Mina Mina Dreaming) - available as a rug.

Painting by Louise Napangardi Dickson (Mina Mina Dreaming) - available as a rug.

Today we celebrate Australia's cultural richness by remembering the Australian Aboriginal Flag and its symbolic colours: black for the aboriginal people of Australia; yellow for the sun – the protector & giver of life; red for the earth, the ceremonial red ochres and the Aboriginal peoples' spiritual relationship to the land.

The flag was designed in 1971 by Aboriginal artist Harold Thomas. It is now an 'Official Flag of Australia', but was originally created for the land rights movement, establishing the inherent Aboriginal right to land. 

The flag was designed in 1971 by Aboriginal artist Harold Thomas. It is now an 'Official Flag of Australia', but was originally created for the land rights movement, establishing the inherent Aboriginal right to land.