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Our Flag, Our Story: The Torres Strait Islander Flag

Bernard Namok Jnr was just a little boy when his dad designed the Torres Strait Islander Flag, a symbol of unity, shared identity and pride for all Torres Strait Islanders. This is the story of a flag and what it represents.

Alongside Mordey’s stunning digital illustrations reflecting the vibrant colours of the Torres Strait, Namok Jnr and Mayo present an engaging, personal story that invites young readers to learn about the Torres Strait Islander peoples, place and culture. Our Flag, Our Story shares an essential piece of Australian and Torres Strait Islander history, accessible for all ages.


Praise for Our Flag, Our Story: The Torres Strait Islander Flag

“...appealing to a wider range of readers (aged 5–12). This book will be a useful tool for teachers and families of preschool and primary school-aged children.”
George Banach-Salas, Books+Publishing

Bernard Namok Jnr

Bernard Namok Jnr is a Torres Strait Islander man from Thursday Island. He is the son of the late Bernard Namok, designer of the Torres Strait Islander Flag. He co-wrote and co-produced the Screen Australia documentary Carry the Flag (2017)...

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Thomas Mayo

Thomas Mayo is a Kaurareg Aboriginal and Kalkalgal, Erubamle Torres Strait Islander man. He is a signatory and advocate of the Uluru Statement from the Heart. He is the author of six books with Hardie Grant Publishing and has many...

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Tori-Jay Mordey

Tori-Jay Mordey is an established illustrator and artist based in Meanjin/Brisbane.

Born on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait, she is descended from the Meriam and Maluyigal clans. Her published works include Bakir & Bi co-written with Jillian Boyd (2013),...

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