The Torres Strait Islander Flag

Torres Stait Flag resizedThe Torres Strait Islander Flag – designed by the late Bernard Namok from Thursday Island – stands for the unity and identity of all Torres Strait Islanders.

It features three horizontal coloured stripes, with green at the top and bottom and blue in between – divided by thin black lines.

A white dharri or deri (a type of headdress) sits in the centre, with a five-pointed white star underneath it.

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.