Monday, 12 September 2022
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The Nugget Coombs Memorial Lecture was held this year on September 9 at Charles Darwin University (CDU), for the first time since 2019.
The Nugget Coombs Memorial Lecture was held this year on September 9 at Charles Darwin University (CDU), for the first time since 2019.

Aboriginal artist who designed the Aboriginal flag speaks at revitalised Nugget Coombs Lecture on Larrakia country

The world-renowned Aboriginal artist who designed the Australian Aboriginal flag Harold Thomas, together with barrister Colin Golvan AM QC and solicitor Chrystal Dare, have jointly delivered the 10th Nugget Coombs Memorial Lecture on Larrakia Country for the first time in three years.

The Nugget Coombs Memorial Lecture is jointly hosted by Charles Darwin University (CDU) and The Australian National University (ANU) as part of a renewed agreement to deliver the lecture.

The Memorial Lecture was in the form of a panel with a story-telling format of how Mr Thomas conceived and created the iconic Aboriginal Flag. He also discussed the role of the Aboriginal Flag in the future.

Created over 50 years ago, the flag Mr Thomas created is now well-known world-wide as a symbol of the First Nations of Australia. Its purchase by the Commonwealth from Mr Thomas in 2022 represents the highest price ever paid for an individual piece of art in Australia.

“The Flag represents the timeless history of our land and our people’s time on it,” Mr Thomas said.

“It is an introspection and appreciation of who we are. It draws from the history of our ancestors, our land, and our identity and will honour these well into the future.”

CDU Deputy Vice-Chancellor First Nations Leadership, Professor Reuben Bolt, said the Memorial Lecture co-hosted by CDU perpetuates the important work of Australian economist and nation-building public servant Dr Herbert Cole ‘Nugget’ Coombs.

“The Lecture honours the work of Dr Coombs, who is remembered as a powerful, influential advocate for First Nations people,” Professor Bolt said.

“It provides a forum to continue Dr Coombs’ legacy in Indigenous Affairs, with emphasis on establishing and advancing relationships with First Nations communities, especially listening to, and respecting their priorities.

The lecture was held on Friday, September 9 at the Mal Nairn Auditorium at CDU’s Casuarina campus.