Monday, November 05, 2007
Christmas lights are being installed on KMart in Waratah and, in the style of Australian Naive artists, is our national coat of arms. (link to art works in this curious naive style) A patriotic and bizarre combination of heraldry with 'roo, emu, white cockatoo and possibly a black cockatoo or brush turkey is displayed. The red flower is a Waratah, the floral emblem for this state and is set in a Christmas wreath.
In the official coat of arms the 'roo and emu are indigenous and there is a belief that neither animal can walk backwards and have come to represent progress. King Edward VII granted use of a coat of arms to the Commonwealth and King George V an updated version. (Even Heraldry in Britain dates back to the French Plantagenet Kings)