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WAGGA WAGGA

State : New South Wales

Arms (crest) of Wagga Wagga

Official blazon

Arms : Vert, on a Fess between in chief eight stalks of Wheat, each four in the form of the letter W, and in base a Merino Ram's head caboshed, all Or, a Bar wavy Azure.
Crest : Out of a Mural Crown in front of a Caduceus Or, winged Sable, eight leaves of the River Red Gum Tree (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) conjoined and in the form of two letters W proper.
Supporters : On either side a Crow wings addorsed proper, gorged with a Collar dancetty Or, and perched on a forked twig, the whole upon a compartment of grass divided by Water Barry wavy Argent and Azure.
Motto: 'Forward in Faith'.

Origin/meaning

The arms were granted on November 15, 1965.

The gold bar on green is taken from the arms of Captain Charles Sturt the discoverer of the area. The blue wavy bar on the gold bar represents the Murrumbidgee River. The wheat stalks and the ram's head stand for the agriculture in the area. The stalks are shown as the letter W, forming the initials of the town.

The crest shows the staff (caduceus) of Mercury, the symbol for commerce. On top of the crown are leaves of the River Red Gum tree, again shaped in the form of a W.

The supporters are canting, Wagga Wagga is derived from the Aboriginal word for 'The place with the many crows'. They wear a collar again in the shape of the letter W. They stand on a piece of grass with a river in between. This indicates that the city is built on both sides of the river.

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Literature : Information leaflet published and provided by the Wagga Wagga city council.