Kabwe

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KABWE (Broken Hill)

Province : Central

Arms of Kabwe

Origin/meaning

I have no information on the meaning or origin of these arms. Any information is welcome !

Colonial arms

Arms of Kabwe

Official blazon

Arms: Azure in chief and between two miner's picks in saltire Argent a representation of the skull 'Homo Rhodesiensis' proper on a chief Argent three lymphads with sails also Azure.
Crest: On a wreath Argent and Azure, an eagle reguar­dant wings extended Or perched upon and grasp­ing in the talons a fish Argent and charged on each wing with a mullet Azure.
Supporters: On either side a sable antelope Gules armed crined and hoofed Or about the neck a gold chain pendent therefrom a pellet charged with six pallets wavy Argent.
Motto : From the earth we derived our being

Origin/meaning

The arms were officially granted on June 8, 1960.

The skull 'Homo Rhodesiensis' recalls the discovery during mining operations in Broken Hill in 1920 of the skull of one of the ear­liest known human beings.
The crossed picks indicate the mining activity which is the principal economic occupation of the town. The three blue ships - taken from the arms of the British South Africa Company - mark the close association of the company with the municipality.
The fish-eagle and fish- taken from the coat-of-arms of Zambia.

The blue mullet on the eagle's wings is an allusion to the fact that Broken Hill was the third municipality to be created in Northern Rhodesia, and is thus in the same relationship to the Territorial Government as in a family the third son is to the father. The mullet is the heraldic cadency device used in English heraldry to difference the family arms to indicate that they are being used by the third. son.

The sable antelopes forming the supporters recall the association of the town with its mine : the sable antelope was the trade mark of the Rhodesia Broken Hill Development Company and as such it was stamped on all ingots leaving the mine.

The black roundel with its silver wavy pallets is taken from the arms of Zambia.

The supporters stand upon a compart­ment depicted as a green grassy mount or hill pressed down or bro­ken in the centre to symbolise Broken Hill.

The motto refers not only to the mining activities of the town, but also to the large and important farming district of which the city was the centre.


Literature : Image from stamp; Smith, 1985


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