Culture and heritage


Official version of the NSW Coat of Arms

Used by NSW authorities, tinted or polychrome representation

This is the official version of the NSW Coat of Arms that is used by agencies of the NSW Government. It dates from the 1980s and is predominantly used in printed and electronic publications and posters.

Blazon: Azure a cross argent voided gules charged in the centre chief point with a lion passant guardant, and on each member with a mullet of eight points or between in the first and fourth quarters a fleece or banded argent and in the second and third quarters a garb also or: And for a crest, on a wreath of the colours a rising sun each ray tagged with a flame of fire proper: And for the supporters, on the dexter side a lion rampant guardant: And on the sinister side a kangaroo both or, together with this motto, "Orta Recens Quam Pura Nites," (Recently arisen, how brightly you shine)

Some questions to research:

  1. Do the tinctures or colours in this representation accurately depict the blazon?
  2. Could the same colours be used as prescribed in the blazon but of different shades or tones without affecting the symbolism of the Arms?


Image source: Heritage Branch


Page last updated: 01 September 2012