Rhodesia and Nyasaland

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Arms of Rhodesia and Nyasaland


The Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland was was a colonial federation that consisted of three southern African territories - the self-governing British colony of Southern Rhodesia and the British protectorates of Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland - between 1953 and 1963.

Official blason

Arms: Per fess Azure and Sable in chief a rising sun Or and in base six palets wavy Argent, over all a fesse dovetailed counter-dovetailed of the last, thereon a lion passant Gules.
Crest: A fish-eagle (Haliaëtus vocifer - Accipitridæ) reguardant Or, perched upon and grasping in the talons a fish Argent.
Supporters: On the dexter a sableantelope (Hippotragus niger - Bovidæ) and on the sinister a leopard (Panthera pardus - Felidæ) both proper.


The arms were officially granted on August 24, 1954.

The pales wavy and the fish-eagle catching a fish are borrowed from the arms of Northern Rhodesia. The rising sun is borrowed from the arms of Nyasaland and the lion is for Southern Rhodesia. These three parts are dovetailed to symbolize the inseparable bond between the three countries.

The supporters are for the abundant wildlife in the Federation.