Diocese of Sandhurst

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DIOCESE OF SANDHURST (Dioecesis Sandhurstensis)

Country : Australia
Denomination : Roman Catholic

Established : 1874

Arms (crest) of Diocese of Sandhurst

Official blazon

Quarterly, per saltire or and azure on the former in fess two roses gules, in chief an estoile (or eight (8) pointed star) and in base a representation of the Paderborn Cross argent.

Origin/meaning

The gold of the field represents the goldfields which is located within the diocese and the blue represents the Virgin Mary, Mother of God.

The star and the two roses have their origin in an earlier design proposed for the arms of the diocese in 1979. This proposal does not appear to have been put into use, its existence is little known in the diocese and its original symbolism is not known at all.

The Paderborn Cross which is represented in base was discovered at Paderborn in Germany which was the place of origin of Dr Henry Backhaus, the pioneer priest of the Bendigo Goldfields and the architect of the financial security of the diocese and of the cathedral.

Arms of Bishops


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Literature : Information from https://www.sandhurst.catholic.org.au