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19-October-2014
19-October-2014

Photographs supplied by John Huth

A monument commemorates Bernard Namok Senior. the designer of the Torres Strait Islander flag.

The Torres Strait Islander flag was designed by the Late Bernard Namok Snr, first flown on May 29th at the 1992 Torres Strait Cultural Festival on Thursday Island. In July 1995 the Torres Strait Flag was recognised by the Australian Government as an official flag of Australia under the Flags Act 1953.

Location

Address:Victoria Parade , Thursday Island, 4875
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -10.585098
Long: 142.216365
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Indigenous

Dedication

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

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

WHAT THE FLAG STANDS FOR .
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


 
Source: MA
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