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Gladys Elphick Memorial Oration: Flagging Intentions [Adelaide]

Gladys Elphick Memorial Oration: Flagging Intentions [Adelaide]

Ticketing Information



Saturday July 17, 2021 - 6:00 PM


Elder Hall, North Terrace, University of Adelaide
North Ter
Adelaide, South Australia 5000


Free but registration is required.



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About the Show

The Aboriginal flag, designed by Harold Thomas, a descendent of the Luritja people of Central Australia, was first flown at a land rights rally on National Aborigines Day in Adelaide on 12 July 1971. The rally started in Victoria Square Tarntanyangga where it has permanently flown alongside the Australian flag since July 2001. Recognised as an official flag of Australia since 14 July 1995, the Aboriginal flag has become a powerful symbol of this country for both First Nations and non-Aboriginal Australians.

Stan Grant will deliver the inaugural Gladys Elphick Memorial Oration, a collaboration between the Adelaide Festival of Ideas Association Inc, The History Trust of South Australia and Reconciliation SA as a keynote address of the 2021 Adelaide Festival of Ideas. The oration will explore both the history of the Aboriginal flag itself, a personal reflection on the meaning of the Flag to Stan Grant, its role in half century of Aboriginal relations with non-Aboriginal Australia as well as the recent legal community controversy surrounding the granting and enforcement of copyright.