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Civic heraldry of Australia
State : Victoria
Incorporated into : 1994 Maroondah
Arms : Per fess Vert and Argent, a Pale counter changed, on the Argent in chief a Bee volant, and in base two Apple branches leaved and fructed all proper.
Crest : On a Wreath of the Colours, a Fountain charged with a Cornish Chough Sable, in the beak a Lily flower slipped and leaved proper.
Motto : 'Beholding Continued Progress'.
The arms were granted on September 30, 1968.
The green and white of the shield, and the apple branches, signify that the district was originally a predominantly fruit-growing area, formerly called 'White Flats'. The bee is included as a symbol of industriousness, and refers to the present and future.
In the Crest, both the fountain and the Cornish chough, itself a former inhabitant of Croydon, Victoria, are derived from the Arms of the former English County Borough of Croydon, whose own Cornish choughs were from the Arms of Thomas Becket, and also appear in those of the English City of Canterbury. The fountain has been retained in a new grant to the present English City of Croydon, but the choughs have not. The lily signifies that the Shire of Croydon was formerly part of that of Lilydale.
Literature : Low, 1971
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