Seals, Badges, and Unofficial Arms
Until 1906 there were four main types of symbols used in NSW to represent public authority: the Royal Arms, the Great Seal of NSW, the Badge of NSW and the Advance Australia Arms. The Advance Australia Arms were very popular and were widely used by businesses and the community.
Although each of these Arms appears distinct, they have all contributed to the visual qualities of the NSW Coat of Arms. One of William Applegate Gullick's skills was to fuse something from each of them into a distinctive coat of arms for the State. The images in this gallery show the development of these symbols during the colonial period leading up to 1906.
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Etruria or Sydney Cove Medallion of 1789
First Seal of NSW on land title deed of 1792 />
Third Seal of NSW on an official commission, 1828
Sixth Seal of NSW, with a Golden Fleece and allusions to Old Wales, 1870
Design for a postage stamp, c1887?, (never issued)
Badge of NSW, as gazetted in 1876
Badge of NSW with Crown and and waratah wreath, Chief Secretary's Building, 1877
Badge of NSW on a shield, with Crown, and kangaroo and emu supporters, Sydney GPO 1887
Badge of NSW on a shield with Crown, Treasury Building 1898
Badge of NSW on a shield, Burns Philp Building, 1901
1st Coat of Arms designed in NSW: the Bowman Flag of c1806
Earliest Advance Australia Arms, presented to Captain Silk c1821
A variation of the Advance Australia Arms - a 'Miners Arms', c1853
Advance Australia Arms, Hunter Street, Newcastle, 1880s
Advance Australia Arms, QVB window, 1898
Advance Australia Arms, Bank of NSW building, Sydney
Advance Australia Arms on NSW Government Railways dining car, 1970
Page last updated: 01 September 2012