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ADELAIDE

State : South Australia

Arms (crest) of Adelaide

Official blazon

Origin/meaning

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".


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Literature : Information leaflet published by the city of Adelaide.


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