Coat of arms of Brisbane
|Coat of arms of the City of Brisbane|
|Armiger||Lord Mayor of Brisbane|
|Crest||Mural Crown and a Leopard between two Palm Leaves|
|Torse||Gold and Blue|
|Escutcheon||Caducei, Stafford Knots, two White Stars|
|Compartment||Grassy Green Field|
|Motto||Latin: Meliora Sequimur|
Sir Thomas' preoccupation with the field of astronomy are indicated by the two mullets. The Stafford knot was the badge of the 38th (1st Staffordshire) Regiment of Foot in which Sir Thomas Brisbane entered the British Army as an Ensign in 1789.
The Caduceus is the symbol of Commerce and Peace, and is the emblem depicted for Hermes in his capacity as God and Protector of Commerce.
Two Gryphons support the design, together with the motto "Meliora Sequimur", which means "We aim for the best" in Latin. The Gryphon is one of the principal bearings in heraldry, and is frequently used as a charge or supporter. The chimerical creature is half eagle and half lion and legend states that when it attains full growth, it will never be taken alive. The wavy blue bar around the creatures' necks alludes to the city's location as a port on the river.
Valour, honour and high-mettled attributes are conveyed by the leopard in the crest. The colours of the city, blue and gold, are indicated by the top wreath.
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