The Flag of The Cocos (Keeling) Islands

The flag of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands is a distinctive banner that represents this Australian external territory located in the Indian Ocean. It features a green background, symbolizing the islands' lush vegetation, with a palm tree at the center. The palm tree is flanked by a crescent moon to the left and a Southern Cross constellation to the right, both in gold. The crescent moon signifies the Islamic heritage of the majority of the island's population, while the Southern Cross is a common symbol in the flags of the region, representing its geographical location in the southern hemisphere.

The Flag of The Cocos (Keeling) Islands

History

The flag of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands was officially adopted on the 6th of April, 2004. The design was the result of a flag competition held on the island, reflecting the community's desire to have a flag that was representative of their cultural and geographical uniqueness. The islands, first discovered by Europeans in the 17th century and later annexed by the British Empire, have a complex colonial history, including periods of rule by the Clunies-Ross family, who were granted the islands in perpetuity until the Australian government purchased the territory in 1978. The flag is a symbol of the islanders' identity and pride, incorporating elements that reflect the indigenous and colonial influences on the islands' culture and history.