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Province: Western Cape (until 1994 Cape Province)
District Municipality: Overberg
Local Municipality :Swellendam

Arms of Swellendam

Official blazon


The arms are taken off the seal assigned to the original Swellendam local authority in 1804. The anchor represents the (Cape of) Good Hope, and the shield is that of governor Hendrik Swellengrebel, who founded the town - the fleur de lis should be blue with a red band. On the original seal, the anchor and shield were placed on a golden background representing prosperity (same basic design as the Cape Town municipal arms).

Arms of Swellendam

Variation of the arms

Literature : Images scanned from cigarette cards from the 1930s

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