Image: Torres Strait Islander Flag

Torres Strait Islander Flag

A white dharri or deri (a type of headdress) sits in the centre, with a five-pointed white star underneath it. It features three horizontal coloured stripes, with green at the top and bottom and blue in between, divided by thin black lines.

  • The colour green is for the land.
  • The dharri or deri is a symbol for all Torres Strait Islanders.
  • The black represents the people.
  • The blue is for the sea.
  • The five-pointed star represents the island groups. Used in navigation, the star is also an important symbol for the sea-faring Torres Strait Islander people.
  • The colour white of the star represents peace.

The flag was designed by the late Bernard Namok from Thursday Island in 1992. In June 1992 it was recognised by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission.

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