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Tiwi and Larrakians (Australia)

Last modified: 2001-08-23 by jonathan dixon
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Flag of the Tiwi

Tiwi Island Flag, proportion 2:3
[Tiwi Island Flag] by Pascal Gross

Tiwi Island Flag, proportion 1:2
[Tiwi Island Flag, 1:2 variant] by Pascal Gross

The flag of Tiwi (aboriginal people in the Melville Islands) has a very complicate design, and my source has not clear the colours in the emblem. The description is the following:

3/4 of the long of the flag ten horizontal stripes of white and yellow; in the rest (1/4) is black with the southern cross in white (like Nothern Territory). between the two zones, in the lower part, very near of the bottom, is the rose symbol of the Nothern Territory. In the zone of the ten horizontal stripes, there's a devices of Tiwi culture: drums (three), fauna (three) and a spear (diagonally of the lower part near the hoist to the upper part to the fly, since the black zone) example:

ten stripes BIRD        BIRD      BIRD        southern cross DRUM     DRUM    DRUM       black zone (diagonally the spear)       emblem 

Jaume Ollé, 12 October 1997

This image is based on a table flag kindly sent to me by Ron Strachan ( The table flag is identical to the flag made in size 180 x 120 cm by Ron for the Tiwi Island council, so the 2:3 ratio shoudl be considered as official.
Pascal Gross, 11 March 2001

The flag was adopted in July 1995. In a photo I took in Darwin in May 1996, the ratio is 1:2
Jens Pattke, 11 March 2001


1996 Larrikian flag

[Larrakian, 1996 Flag]
by Jaume Ollé

1971 Larrikian flag

[Larrakian, 1971 Flag]
by Jaume Ollé

The Larrakians are an aboriginal group that in March 1972 demonstrated against the government in Canberra. Flag: The red is for the blood (right red for the living people and left red for the dead). On the white middle part is a brown mound with a tree growing from it it which represents the jungle fowl's nest which is a feauture of Kululuk.
Jaume Ollé, 22 September 1997

The Larrakians is aboroginal people in Nothern Australia. Their flag was first hoisted 7 November 1971. Larrakian flag that is shown in FTTAW is incorrect. The flag was slighty changed and 7 August 1996 a new version was paraded in the 25th anniversary.Central Device is the Kulaluk tree. Source: Crux Australis 53.

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