On This Day 12 July

By TheBoldAge. Published 2020-07-12
In 1493 the Nuremberg Chronicle was published (earliest printed book); in 1562 the Bishop of Yucatan burnt the Mayan sacred books; in 1960 Sputnik was launched in the USSR and in 1962 the Rolling Stones performed for the first time. Read more about the Australian Aboriginal Flag which was first flown in 1971

Indigenous content. Please be aware that the videos below contain images of people who have died. In some indigenous cultures it is offensive and distressing to see or hear images and voices of people who have died.

Australian Aboriginal Flag flown in 1971

It was in Adelaide in 1971 on Victoria Square that the Aboriginal Flag was flown for the first time, on National Aborigines Day. Designed by Harold Thomas, a descendant of the Luritja people in Central Australia, it was designed for the land rights movement and quickly became a symbol of the First Nations.

Harold-Thomas-with-Tribal-Abduction-at-Museum-and-Art-Gallery-of-the-NT-Courtesy-The-Australian-Photo-Amos-Aikman He also won the 2016 Telstra Art Award for his piece titled "Tribal Abduction" which reflects that impact of the removal of children from their family; the Stolen Generation.

The symbolism behind the flag's colours is: - Black is used to represent the Aboriginal people of Australia of the past, the present and the future - Yellow is used to represent the Sun which is the protector and giver of life - Red is used to reprsent the red ochre of the earth and the relationship with the land


Behind the News - History of the Aboriginal Flag

The flag is an officially proclaimed flag of Australia and is typically flown together with the Australian flag on both public and private buildings throughout Australia.

Ageing across cultures

We'll be doing a longer piece on ageing across cultures in future, but you'll not be surprised to learn that the Aboriginal ageing population is increasing in line with the global trend of an increasingly ageing population. Research by NEURA also highlighted the fact that dementia is three times higher in the Aboriginal population compared to the wider Australian population. With a lot of practices and knowledge passed down orally from the Aboriginal Elders this has a devastating effect on the communities.

"Healthy ageing is your mind staying young" is a very apt quote from one of the participants of the research.

Other events on this day

  • 1493: the Nuremberg Chronicle is published; one of the earliest printed books
  • 1562: sacred books of the Maya people were burnt by the Bishop of Yucatan
  • 1960: Sputnik launched in the USSR
  • 1962: The Rolling Stones made their first appearance at the Marquee Club in Soho
  • 1971: Australian Aboriginal flag flown for the first time
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