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Coat of Arms of South Australia
The 1936 Coat-of-Arms
The shield featured a golden rising sun on a blue background, with the top or chief in white featuring three bundles or panicles of wheat.
The supporters were a woman holding a "horn of plenty" and a male shearer holding scissors and wool. Two branches of golden wattle were at the bottom, along with the motto "Faith and Courage".
The 1984 Coat-of-Arms
Over the years it was felt that the 1936 Coat-of-Arms was inappropriate, since it did not feature the Australian magpie, the state emblem of South Australia which appears on the state flag. Therefore the South Australian government sought to replace the old coat-of-arms, and the present coat of arms was conferred by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on April 19, 1984.
The shield now has the Australian magpie within a golden disc (officially said to represent the rising sun) on a blue background.
The crest is the Sturt's desert pea, the floral emblem of South Australia.
The new coat-of-arms has no supporters. The base is a grassland with symbols of agriculture and industry, and a scroll with the name "South Australia".
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