Australia - mysterious and extraordinary country, located either at the most a small continent, whether on the huge island.Animals that live in the territory of that State, is also unusual and unfamiliar, besides, are not found anywhere else.Clearly, with such input data the Australian coat of arms - perhaps the most artistic, very special and unusual among, perhaps, all the coats of arms in the world.
History of the Australian coat of arms
modern history of Australia began with the settlement of its exiled convicts.And may they traveled in "exile" is not voluntary, many of them descendants still inhabit this continent.Aborigines (Bushmen), inhabited the country before the exiled criminals, the state did not have, so what about the coat of arms of Australia's pre-European times, however.And at the beginning of the modern history of more than the country it was composed of disparate parts, so that the story of her coat of arms began only in the twentieth century.
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What is depicted on the emblem of Australia?
its central part, in the best traditions of heraldry, shield covers.It is divided into six parts - the "state" or individual states, which became part of Australia.Interestingly, the board held two of the most recognizable Australian animals - kangaroo and emu.They stand on the branches of a mimosa.This plant is also called the golden acacias.Himself shield divided into six roughly equal parts.
And what animals are present on the emblem of Australia?The bird, called the Shrike, the swan and the lion.All of them are deep and symbolic meaning.
But besides animal emblem also contains other symbols: the seven-pointed star at the center of the shield, the constellation of the Southern Cross, a crown, a gold star with a cross.Below it is necessarily artistically curved tape with the signature of the name of the state (it is the same - the name of the continent).
And each image is selected not easy - the emblem of Australia is actually a disguised chronicle of its history.
symbolism parts of the Australian coat of arms shield
election center of the composition is not surprising: first, always shield symbolizes protection.Second heraldic sense - both victory and possession.If we consider that Australia is not so easy to get what now is called the "autonomy", it is not surprising that the basis for its coat of arms chose the shield.Thus from a heraldic point of view of the Australians very honest: the edge of the shield is framed with ermine border.And for those who are not familiar with the basic provisions of heraldry, should understand that the ermine - animal royal and regal;at certain times in certain countries of its fur clothes could be worn only representatives "of the ruling family."Thus, Australia's coat of arms reflects the long protectorate of Britain on this distant continent.
In addition, each sixth of the shield also represents some of the country at the time which was a part of the state.So, shrike - is South Australia.State, dubbed "Victoria" (which both recalls the legendary British queen, which gave the name of an era, and the goddess of victory), combines the Southern Cross and the Imperial crown.Symbol Kvislenda - the Maltese cross, and in New South Wales - Cross usual, but with a gold star.Western Australia is represented by a swan taking off.Tasmania went triumphantly striding lion with a raised paw.
interesting moment in the arms of Australia is the star of the seven rays.If the six parts of the country (ie they represent the rays of the star), then where did the seventh?Him designated Federal District Canberra, which in fact is not a state.Another theory - a sign of the union of all avstraliyskiyh land together.
symbolism of animals in the arms of
curious value that Australians give to the beasts on his coat of arms.According to them, out of the whole "zoo" on Reigning symbol, not all participants are equal.On the question of what kind of animal on the coat of arms of Australia's most important, they, without a moment's hesitation, say that these two: kangaroos and emus.Because they purely physiologically can not move backwards.And that is why are the main symbols of Australia.
rules "use" coat of arms
What can not ignore the attention is the fact that, so to speak, the "internal" use the emblem does not even require the special skills of drawing.Everything can be schematic, if only core "participants", that make up the coat of arms of Australia, have been well recognized.Cubism and avant-garde, I think, to get involved is not worth much to you but will not quibble.
Another thing - the official use.If you are going to display the emblem of Australia at a gala event, at a meeting with foreign (high), or individuals to apply, for example, in its logo, will have to comply with all provisions of the rules, and quite strictly.You can be comforted only by the fact that the motto on the ribbon, it is difficult to draw a mimosa and the base of the coat of arms are not mandatory - it is more decorative pieces.
another state symbol
As in other countries, flag and emblem of Australia are its main state symbols.Flag as full of symbolism as the emblem of the country.Similar to the first embodiment of sovereign cloth with the image remains the banner of the British flag.Previously, it was considered the symbol of fidelity crown now has a historical meaning - shows a little history of the continent.Six stars on a blue background - the symbol of the six colonies united into a single state.
In the past few decades, many Australians are dissatisfied with their flag - it has long ceased to like it as a component of the banner of the British.However, they cheerfully, active and friendly celebrate its Flag Day (September 3), noting its celebrations, fireworks and festive mood, despite the fact that this is still a working day (if, of course, does not fall on a Sunday).