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Tiwi Island (Australia)

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Flag of Tiwi Island

Tiwi Island Flag, proportions 2:3
[Tiwi Island Flag] image by Pascal Gross
Tiwi Island Flag, proportions 1:2
[Tiwi Island Flag, 1:2 variant] image by Pascal Gross

The flag of Tiwi (aboriginal people in the Melville Islands) has a very complicate design, and my source has not clear the colours in the emblem. The description is the following:

3/4 of the length of the flag ten horizontal stripes of white and yellow; in the rest (1/4) is black with the southern cross in white (like Nothern Territory). between the two zones, in the lower part, very near of the bottom, is the rose symbol of the Nothern Territory. In the zone of the ten horizontal stripes, there's a devices of Tiwi culture: drums (three), fauna (three) and a spear (diagonally of the lower part near the hoist to the upper part to the fly, since the black zone)
Jaume Ollé, 12 Oct 1997

This image is based on a table flag kindly sent to me by Ron Strachan ( The table flag is identical to the flag made in size 180 x 120 cm by Ron for the Tiwi Island council, so the 2:3 ratio shoudl be considered as official.
Pascal Gross, 11 Mar 2001

The flag was adopted in July 1995. In a photo I took in Darwin in May 1996, the ratio is 1:2
Jens Pattke, 11 Mar 2001

The Tiwi flag star points are all 7 points. The Northern Territory flag points on stars, clockwise from the bottom are 8/7/7/6/5. The Australian flag points on stars, clockwise from the bottom are 7/7/7/7/5. I know this must be confusing as the Tiwi Islands group is only 20 mins flying time from Darwin, north. The flag was designed by 2 young boys,to this day I cannot explain the reason for the difference.
Ron Strachan, 25 Jan 2005