World Civic Heraldry Guide: coats of arms and flags of cities, regions, states
Brisbane (Australia), coat of arms
The shield symbolizes the total activities of the city and the personage of Sir Thomas Brisbane from whom the city takes its name. The blue in the chief represents the heavens and the parting line nebuly the clouds. Sir Thomas' achievements in the field of astronomy are indicated by the two mullets. The Stafford knot is the badge of the 38th Foot (Staffordshire Regiment) in which Sir Thomas Brisbane first entered the British Army as an Ensign in 1789. The Cadeceus is the symbol of Commerce and Peace, and is the emblem depicted for Hermes in his capacity as God and Protector of Commerce. Two Gryphons support the design, together with the motto "Meliora Sequimur". The Gryphon is one of the principal bearings in heraldry, and frequently is used as a charge or supporter. The chimerical creature is half eagle and half lion and it is said that whne it attains full growth, it will never be taken alive. It is spirited, animated, fantastic and vivacious. The wavy blue bar around the neck refers to the city as a port on the river. The palm leaves in the crest are a symbol of victory included as a compliment from the Council to the valour of Australian Fighting Services. Bold courage, paitence and high-mettled attributes are conveyed by the leopard in the crest. The colours of the city, blue and gold, are indicated by the wreath at top.
(A Guide to Brisbane City Council Meetings, FOTW)
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