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Aboriginal flag planted at Dover - 1976


Visual arts
Dover Beach

On 2nd November 1976, two Aboriginal men landed on Dover beach, and planted the Aboriginal flag, symbolically claiming the land for Indigenous Australians "by virtue of possession". One of them was the famous activist Paul Coe. In 2022, commissioned by Border Crossings’ ORIGINS Festival, Paul’s daughter Jasmine is designing a plaque to be installed permanently on Dover beach as a memorial to these events. The plaque will be unveiled by the artist on July 9th, and there will be wraparound activity, including an online discussion with Paul and Jasmine Coe.

The photo above shows the planting of the Aboriginal flag on the beach.  L to R: Paul Coe, Cecil Patten, Phil Segal, Bruce Miles.  Photo: Redfern Waterloo community archive.