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Monument erected at the gravesite of Bernard Namok Senior who designed the Torres Strait Island Flag. The monument was unveiled on the flag's 22nd anniversary.

To honour the contribution Bernard Namok Snr, creator of the Torres Strait flag, did for his people, a memorial was unveiled at Thursday Island Cemetery and a plaque at Front Beach, May 29th, 2014, 22 years after it was recognised by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission in June 1992. Tragically Bernard Namok Snr. passed away a year later.

It was not until July 14, 1995, that the Australian Government granted it ‘Flag of Australia’ status, under the Flags Act 1953.



Address:Aplin Road, Thursday Island Cemetery, Thursday Island, 4875
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -10.575689
Long: 142.216573
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Grave
Monument Theme:People


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Thursday 29th May, 2014
Front Inscription

With respect We Remember
Creator / designer of the Torres Strait Islander Flag

1.   The two Green lines represent the mainlands of Australia and Papua New Guinea;

2.   The Blue between these two continents is the blue of the Torres Strait waters;
3.   The Black lines represent the people of the Torres Strait;
4.   The one symbol I feel can identify any islander anywhere is the Dhari (headdress);
5.   The 5 points of the Star are our Island groups, the Western, Eastern, Central, Port Kennedy and (N.P.A.) Mainland. The Star is also used in the navigation and important for the seafaring people of the Torres Strait.
6.   White represents peace.

Memorial Monument At Bernard Namok Resting Place
Located At The TI Cemetery
Erected by TSC, TSIRC, TSRA, Mrs Bakoi Namok & Children


Left Side Inscription

* Born and raised  on Thursday Island

* Attended Thursday Island High School  1974 - 1976
* Gained Certificate of Commercial &  Fundamentals  Torres Strait TAFE  1992
* Torres Strait Co-operative Society Board of Directors 1992
* Torres Strait Corporation of Arts & Literature Production Committee Member 1992
*  Delegate Torres Eels/ Suburbs Rats 1992
* Won competition for Design of the Torres Strait Flag 1992

Right Side Inscription

* The Torres Strait Islander Flag was created as a symbol for unity and identity for Torres Strait Islander people
* 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 adopted in May 1992 and first flown during the Torres Strait Cultural Festival Thursday Island
* In June 1992 it was recognised by  the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) 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


Source: MA
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