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Civic heraldry of Australia


State : Northern Territory

Arms (crest) of Darwin

Official blazon


The arms were granted on December 9, 1959.

The fortress in the upper part of the shield indicates the former importance of Darwin as an army settlement. The sailing ship signifies that the harbour is of great importance to the city. The propellor signifies Darwin's airport. The sun encircled by an annulet is taken from the arms of Charles Darwin.

The crest shows a compass pointing north, indicating that the city is the northernmost city in Australia.

The supporters are an Aboriginal and a European miner, symbolising the original population and the importance of mining in the area.

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Literature : Low, 1971

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