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Civic heraldry of Australia
State : New South Wales
Bankstown became a city in May 1980, during a visit of Queen Elizabeth. Although now one of the most multicultural regions of Sydney, Bankstown council chose patriotic English symbols for its unofficial arms - the cross of St. George and the gold lion passant guardant (as in the NSW state arms).
The shield is ensigned by a crown representing Australia's ties with the British monarchy. The design actually includes elements from the arms of Sir Joseph Banks, the botanist on Captain Cook's "Endeavour", as Governor Hunter named the area after him. The blue shield with the white cross and the gold fleur de lys are from Banks' arms, and the stork standing on the stump is the Banks crest. The stars are the constellation of the Southern Cross, an Australian symbols, and the second quarter features a mayoral chain alluding to local government.
Literature : Information provided by Denis Towner, Australia.
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