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Thursday, November 4th, 2004, 02:34 AM
Below are some Australian emblems (flags/pins/decals/shirts/etc.) I found @ http://www.flagline.com/id01A3011 (good site):







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Friday, February 4th, 2005, 02:22 PM
I believe those elblems are somewhat marketed as Souvenirs targeted at tourists in particular. If it is of any interest here are some more official state emblems of the country.

The National Flag, featuring the Union Jack, Federation Star & Southern Cross.


The Merchant variant of the above.


Also the Eureka Flag symbolising the Eureka rebellion. There is a bit of arguement of what the flag symbolises in terms of political meaning. Right wing elements see this a symbol of emergence of the Australian National Identity & for Independence from the crown. Left wing elements believe this is a symbol of the working class element of the country opposing British Imperialism. In the right wing quarter that supports the formation of a republic it is popular flag as an alternative to the official flag that symbolises the British crown.


Friday, February 4th, 2005, 02:40 PM
Official Coat of Arms

1908 Arms

The first official Coat of Arms granted to the Commonwealth of Australia was made by King Edward VII in a Royal Warrant of 7 May 1908. The Arms were composed of a simple shield of white and blue enclosing a cross of Saint George on which there were five six-pointed white stars, around the outside of which were six small escutcheons, i.e., small shields. The shield was supported by a kangaroo and an emu standing on a grassy mound. Above the shield was the crest containing the seven-pointed gold star of Federation on a wreath of white and blue. The motto 'Advance Australia' was inscribed at the base.

1912 Arms

The absence of specific references to the States in the shield in the 1908 Arms led to a number of alterations approved on the recommendation of the Commonwealth Government by King George V in a Royal Warrant of 19 September 1912. The new design included a shield with six parts each containing a representation of the badge of a State. The positions and attitudes of the supporters were also changed. The colours of the wreath of the crest were altered to gold and blue. These are the 'livery' colours of the Arms.

The new Arms were accompanied by small branches of wattle, ornamental rests for the supporters, and a scroll with the word 'Australia' - none of which are actually mentioned in the 1912 Royal Warrant.

The Arms must always be reproduced correctly and where possible in colour. However, if colour is not appropriate the Arms may be reproduced in stylised form as a line drawing, e.g. in black and white, silver, gold or as a mould or bas-relief.

The Six states of the country symbolised on the shield of the Coat of Arms, excluding Territories(Australian Capital Territory & Northern Territory)

From left to right New South Wales, Victoria & Queensland.

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From left to right South Australia, Tasmania & Western Australia.

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Fraxinus Excelsior
Friday, February 4th, 2005, 07:15 PM
http://forums.skadi.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=30598&stc=1Weren't the kangaroo and the emu chosen as the supporters because kangaroos and emus are incapable of walking backwards? They're a metaphor for Australia's inability to retreat, or something like that, right?

Saturday, February 5th, 2005, 02:32 PM
Weren't the kangaroo and the emu chosen as the supporters because kangaroos and emus are incapable of walking backwards? They're a metaphor for Australia's inability to retreat, or something like that, right?Yes something along those lines
It is a commonly held belief that the Kangaroo and the Emu were selected for depiction on the Australian Coat of Arms because they, like the nation that was being forged, could only move forward.Source. (http://mzsrv.zoo.org.au/emblems/fedemb.htm)

Sunday, February 6th, 2005, 01:17 PM
National Colours

Green and gold were proclaimed Australia’s national colours by the Governor-General on 19 April 1984. Prior to the proclamation Australia had no official colours. Three colour combinations traditionally had claim to be Australia’s national colours: red, white and blue; blue and gold; and green and gold.
The colours red, white and blue were featured in the first Coat of Arms of the Commonwealth in 1908 and are the colours of the Australian national flag.

The colours blue and gold have heraldic significance as they are the colours of the crest in the 1912 (present) Commonwealth Coat of Arms.

The colours green and gold gained wide popularity and acceptance as the traditional national colours in Australian and international sporting events since before Federation and have been associated with many great sporting achievements since.
The National Colours are derived from the Golden Wattle also the official Floral Emblem.


The boxing Kangaroo flag. Featuring the National Colours & a common occurance at all major sporting events.