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Origins

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

Etruria or Sydney Cove Medallion of 1789

First Seal of NSW on land title deed of 1792

First Seal of NSW on land title deed of 1792

Third Seal of NSW on an official commission, 1828

Third Seal of NSW on an official commission, 1828

Sixth Seal of NSW, with a Golden Fleece and allusions to Old Wales, 1870

Sixth Seal of NSW, with a Golden Fleece and allusions to Old Wales, 1870

Design for a postage stamp, c1887?, (never issued)

Design for a postage stamp, c1887?, (never issued)

Badge of NSW, as gazetted in 1876

Badge of NSW, as gazetted in 1876

Badge of NSW with Crown and and waratah wreath, Chief Secretary's Building, 1877

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 188

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 with Crown, Treasury Building 1898

Badge of NSW on a shield, Burns Philp Building, 190

Badge of NSW on a shield, Burns Philp Building, 1901

1st Coat of Arms designed in NSW: the Bowman Flag of c1806

1st Coat of Arms designed in NSW: the Bowman Flag of c1806

Earliest Advance Australia Arms, presented to Captain Silk c1821

Earliest Advance Australia Arms, presented to Captain Silk c1821

A variation of the Advance Australia Arms - a 'Miners Arms', c1853

A variation of the Advance Australia Arms - a 'Miners Arms', c1853

Advance Australia Arms, Hunter Street, Newcastle, 1880s<

Advance Australia Arms, Hunter Street, Newcastle, 1880s

Advance Australia Arms, QVB window, 1898

Advance Australia Arms, QVB window, 1898

Advance Australia Arms, Bank of NSW building, Sydney

Advance Australia Arms, Bank of NSW building, Sydney

Advance Australia Arms on NSW Government Railways dining car, 1970

Advance Australia Arms on NSW Government Railways dining car, 1970

Page last updated: 01 September 2012