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Coat of Arms

 

By Letters Patent, dated 11 June 1957, the Kings of Arms granted the Corporation of the City of Launceston the following Arms:

 

  • Arms: Or on a Pall reversed Azure a Bezant in centre point and an Ingot of Tin proper on each of the lower limbs on a Chief Indented Vert three Waratah Flowers stalked and leaved also proper.

 

  • Supporters: Two Tasmanian Tigers proper gorged and chained Azure.

 

  • Crest: On a wreath of the colours a branch of Gum Tree leaved proper thereon a Yellow Wattle Bird holding in the beak a sprig of the same also proper.

 

 

The above "blazon" is taken from the Patent itself and means that the shield on which the Arms are borne is gold on which has been placed a blue reversed pall and on this in turn are placed a gold roundel in the centre and an ingot of tin on each on each of the limbs. On the upper third of the shield is a green saw-tooth strip on which are three Waratahs in their natural colours. The supporters are Tasmanian Tigers in their natural colours with blue collars around their necks to which are attached blue chains. The Crest is a Yellow Wattle Bird sitting on a branch of a Gum Tree holding a sprig of the same in its beak. All these are in their natural colours. All the above rest on what is known as a Compartment.

 

The blazon, and additional information, is only useful to people who understand heraldry.

 

Here is an easily understood summary of the items that make up Launceston's Coat of Arms:

 

The gold of the Shield refers to the history of gold mining in districts surrounding Launceston. The blue Pall represents the River Tamar and the North Esk River and the South Esk River. The golden centre point represents Launceston's location at the confluence of the three rivers. The two tin ingots on the pall refer to the days when tin smelting took place in the City. The top green portion of the Shield is symbolic of the City's parks, gardens and surrounding countryside, and the Tasmanian waratah flowers are symbolic of endemic flora.

 

The supporters are the famous Thylacines. Although possibly extinct, their appearance is ideally heraldic. The Thylacine gained additional significance in the mid 1980s when it was adopted as the Council's logo. The Crest is the Yellow Wattle Bird, endemic to Tasmania, resting on a native gum branch and holding a sprig of gum in its beak. The "compartment" on which the whole rests includes an English heraldic rose on one side of the shield and, on the other, sprigs of Wattle. These were added in 1957 by the College of Heralds as tokens of the City's loyalty to the "Mother Country" (United Kingdom).

 





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