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7 Dec 06
Oh dear peizli now this will take me ages and I will also do it in several parts. The first official Coat of Arms was granted to the Commonwealth of Australia by King Edward VII in Royal Warrant dated 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 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.
7 Dec 06
The absence of specific reference to the States in the shield in the 1908 Arms led to 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 these things are actually mentioned in the 1912 Royal Warrant.
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9 Dec 06
Here's my question! Why hasn't jimbo responsed to this yet? haha I bet he will now! Oh and... when you were living in London, did you happen to ever know anyone named Zane?? I'm sure you didn't, but you know, I just had to ask anyway. Never hurts to ask, right?