Ermelo (South Africa)
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Ermelo was founded in 1880, and was named by its first resident clergyman, Rev Frans Lion-Cachet, after Ermelo in the Netherlands. The town was burned to the ground during the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) and rebuilt afterwards, hence the phoenix in the arms. It lies in the heart of a wool-producing and coal-mining district, both of which are alluded to in the arms.
Literature : Image scanned from a cigarette card from the 1930s; background from Arthur Radburn.
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