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State : South Australia

Arms (crest) of Adelaide

Official blazon

Arms : Azure, a Cross Or surmounted by another Gules between in the first quarter a three-masted Ship in full sail proper, in the second quarter a Golden Fleece, in the third quarter a Bull's head caboshed also proper, and in the fourth quarter a Garb also Or, the shield ensigned by a Mural Crown Gold.
Crest : On a Wreath of the Colours a dexter Arm embowed proper sleeved above the elbow Argent, and grasping in the hand a Miner's pick point upwards also proper.
Supporters : On the dexter side a Lion guardant Or, and on the sinister side a Kangaroo Gules.
Motto : 'Ut Prosint Omnibus Conjuncti'.


The arms were granted on April 20, 1929.

The cross is the cross of St. George, taken from the arms of England. The ship in the first quarter represents the importance of commerce, and is also a link for the historical connections with England. The fleece in the second quarter represents the sheep farming and wool trade. The bull's head represents the cattle breeding, whereas the wheat sheaf in the fourth quarter represents the agriculture.

The crest shows a miner's arm, mining being one of the main industries in and around Adelaide in the early 20th century.

The supporters are the English lion and a typical Australian kangaroo.

The motto can be translated as "United for the common good".

Literature : Information leaflet published by the city of Adelaide.

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