Diocese of False Bay

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Official blazon

Per fess dancetty azure and or; in dexter chief a garb, in sinister chief a bunch of grapes and in base an anchor, all counterchanged.

Origin/meaning

The arms were officially granted on ?

The diocese was created in 2002 as a division of the Diocese of Cape Town.

The arms were designed by retired State Herald Fred Brownell, and incorporate symbols which indicate the marine and agricultural nature of the inhabitants of the region.

The anchor is the symbol of the diocese and city of Cape Town and the diocese was part of the diocese of Cape Town. It is also part of the Western Cape province, in which the diocese is situated.

The dancetty (or zig-zag) partition line can be seen as alluding to the mountains dividing the coastal part of the diocese from the Overberg. The garb, or sheaf of wheat, and the bunch of grapes symbolise agriculture in the region.

The gold and blue colours stand respectively for the land and the sea - the same two colours appear, with the same symbolism, in the arms of the Diocese of Namibia.


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