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Civic heraldry of Australia
The arms were granted on July 14, 1947.
Brisbane's achievements in the field of astronomy are indicated by the two mullets, while the Stafford Knot is the badge of the 38th Foot Staffordshire Regiment) in which Sir Thomas Brisbane first entered the British Army as an Ensign in 1789. He had a highly distinguished military career serving under the Duke of Wellington in the Peninsular War where he fought with distinction, reaching the rank of General.
The Caduceus is the symbol of commerce and peace, and is the emblem depicted for Hermes (Mercury) in his capacity as God and Protector of commerce. This symbolises the everyday activities of the city and is an appropriate symbol for a city of status.
Two Gryphons support the design, together with the motto "Meliora Sequimur". The Gryphon was chosen becaus e it is spirited, animated, fantastic and vivacious. The wavy blue bar around the neck refers to the city as a port on the river. The palm leaves in the crest are a symbol of victory (included as a compliment from the Council to the valour of Australian Fighting Services). The leopard in the crest symbolises bold courage and patience. The colours of the city, blue and gold, are indicated by the wreath at the top.
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