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Arms : Argent, on a Base wavy Azure charged with a Barrulet wavy Argent a Black Swan naiant proper.
Crest : On a Wreath Or and Sable, The Royal Crown between two Kangaroo Paw (Anigosanthos manglesii) flowers slipped proper.
Supporters : On either side a Kangaroo holding in the exterior fore-paw a Boomerang proper.
The arms were officially granted in 1969.
The arms show the State's bird, the black swan. The kangaroos each hold a boomerang as the symbol of the Aboriginal people. The royal crown is placed between the State's flower, the Mangle's kangaroo paw.
The swan had been used as the symbol of the colony already for many decades boefre the grant of 1969.
The arms as shown on an Australian cigarette card from 1910
The arms as shown on an German trade card from the 1930s
The arms on a document from the 1940s
The arms on a postcard by Kohl (Germany)
Image of a proposal for the state arms from ??
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Literature : Bruce, J.L. : Flags and emblems of Australia. Kangaroo Press, Kenthurst, 1996; Image of proposal send to me by mail