Coat of arms of the Northern Territory
|Coat of arms of the Northern Territory|
|Crest||Wedge-tailed eagle on Aboriginal tjurunga stone all proper|
|Torse||Argent and tenné|
|Escutcheon||Tenné a female Aboriginal figure and two carved motifs argent|
|Supporters||Two red kangaroos|
The coat of arms of the Northern Territory is the official symbol of the Australian territory. They were officially granted by royal warrant of Queen Elizabeth II on 11 September 1978. The arms, uniquely in Australia, incorporate all of the territory's floral, animal and bird emblems: the Sturt's desert rose (Gossypium sturtianum), red kangaroo (Megaleia rufa) and wedge-tailed eagle (Aquila audax).
Unlike other Australian states' arms, the Northern Territory's arms incorporate many reflections of the indigenous Australian culture and history: the shield itself is a representation of an Aboriginal painting and the crest shows the wedge-tailed eagle on top of a tjurunga, an Aboriginal ritual stone.
The formal description, or blazon, of the arms is:
Tenny, representations in the Australian Aboriginal manner of an Arnhem Land rock painting of a woman with stylised internal anatomy between in dexter chief and base two symbolic representations of camp sites joined by journey or path markings in the manner of the Central Australian Aboriginals and in sinister chief and base the like, all Argent; And for the crest: upon a wreath a Wedgetailed Eagle wings elevated grasping with its talons an Australian Aboriginal stone Tjurunga proper; And for the supporters: On either side a Red Kangaroo guardant, that to the dexter holding in the dexter forepaw a Chiragra Spider Conch (Lambis Chiragra) and similarly that to the sinister in its sinister forepaw a True Heart Cockle (Corculum Carelissa); And for the Compartment: Growing from a Compartment comprising a grassy sandy mound Sturt’s Desert Roses as the same as depicted in the illustration.
- Northern Territory Flags & Emblems, About Australia, Retrieved 20 December 2014
- Northern Territory Coat of Arms, Northern Territory Government
- Flag of the Northern Territory
- Government of the Northern Territory
- Coat of Arms of Nunavut, for another example of territorial arms reposing heavily on indigenous imagery
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