Photographer's Note

Two black, yellow and red flags hang across the windows of a house in the West End suburb of Brisbane.

The flag in the left-hand window is probably recognisable to many as the flag of Belgium. However I wonder how many people who live outside Australia would recognise the other flag?

The flag on the right is the Australian Aboriginal Flag. It was originally designed as a protest flag for the land rights movement of Indigenous Australians but has since become a symbol of the Aboriginal people of Australia. The flag is a yellow central disc on a horizontally divided field of black and red. The yellow represents the Sun (giver of life), the red represents the red earth and the black the aboriginal people themselves. It was designed by an indigenous artist Harold Thomas and was first flown in 1971 in Adelaide on National Aborigines Day. This flag is flown or displayed at Aboriginal Centres throughout Australia and has become a widely recognised symbol of the unity and identity of the Aboriginal people. It can only be flown by non-indigenous Australians when permission has been granted.

I do not know the significance of these two flags in combination. However the West End is often noted as being one of the most multi-cultural areas in Queensland and the community is very accepting of others and alternate views. The West End has Brisbane's largest Indigenous Australian community.

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