Culture and heritage


The Ninth Great Seal of New South Wales,1937 - 1952

The Great Seal of New South Wales shown here is the ninth great seal, and was used during the reign of King George VI between 1937 and 1952.

The design follows the standard pattern set by the 8th Great Seal adopted early in the reign of King George V in 1912 with the Royal Arms above the State Arms. The representation of the shield in the State Arms follows the usual forms, although the coronet (or is it a 'shocked' mane?) on the lion supporter is not referred to in the blazon for the Arms, and the artistry evident in the kangaroo legs and tail is a little unusual. Satisfactorily depicting the kangaroo supporting the NSW Coat of Arms seems to have been an ongoing design issue for heraldic artists during the 20th century.

Some questions to research:

  1. Why might the lion be wearing a coronet and what might it symbolise?
  2. What are some of the artistic and manufacturing issues that might arise in making representations of Arms and symbols on a small scale?

Image source: State Library of NSW, GPO 3 - 35661,State Library of NSW, Picman



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