(Storyteller) assertion Please refer to AIATSIS list: Luritja YH 25/07/2007
Acclaimed artist Harold Thomas, a Luritja man from Central Australia, is the man behind the Aboriginal flag that we know today - a flag that is recognised around the world as an image of solidarity and hope for the people of Aboriginal Australia. An accomplished writer and storyteller, Thomas also illustrated Tales Told To Kabbarli (1972).
Thomas, a member of the Stolen Generation, began his career as an artist when he won a scholarship to the South Australian School of Art in 1965. He went on to become the first Aboriginal to graduate from an Australian art school. In 1970 he began working as a survey artist at the South Australian Museum, during which time he designed the flag.