08 February 2011

Beechworth, Victoria

As Hot Andrew Highriser did back in January, I too, had to photograph the heraldry above The Royal Arcade in the centre of Melbourne's CBD, and then I wondered how grateful those royals must have been, to allow the use of their very own coat-of-arms with Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense ... could it have been all the stonking great tons of gold we shipped back to The Empire?
Our commonwealth c-of-a has a sheep, a wheatsheaf and some goldmining tools, whereas the Royals just seem to have a lot of lions.
If AUS updated ours, it would have a cellphone surrounded by credit cards and barbecues.
I wish I had a coat-of-arms signifying the fabulousness I represent. It would have a keyboard au courant, surrounded by cats and winebottles possibly.
Last week I made my first visit to goldrush town Beechworth out in Victoria's North-East, and loved this coat-of-arms on
an 1856 bank. Isn't the crouching lion just cuddly, and not even slightly looking like he will eat Skippy & The Roadrunner ...
(I do have some readers in other countries so will just explain for them that we Aussies diss our Commonwealth heraldry by referring to the kangaroo by the name of a TV show kanga, and to the emu as that beep-beep US-desert bird)


  1. I think they doped the lion who modelled for the coat of arms and gave him a shocker of a mane perm.

  2. I believe we are the only nation to actually eat our coat of arms mascots!! But I'm happy to be shown to be wrong - if true, it's a dubious honour to hold!!

  3. And are you not proud? Such a grand coat of arms, even if as Red Nomad points out, we eat our mascots.

    I've yet to try emu but I know the taste of kangaroo.

  4. You can design your own coat of arms here
    But I don't think they have BBQs!

  5. You've just this minute reminded me of my coat of arms. I'd totally forgotten about it. My mum researched our ancestry and my husband's ancestry, found out what our family crests were and had a combined coat of arms shield made. She gave it to me for my 40th birthday. Although it's probably just called a family crest, not a coat of arms. I have no idea where it is now. I'll have to find it.

  6. As a child I loved looking through our geneology books to see my family's coats-of-arms. It seemed so majestic.

    Love your spin on this and scottsabode's suggestion.

  7. I hear La Trobe Uni is selling it's campus at Beechworth full of gorgeous historic buildings (Mayday Hills Hosp, etc), a mere snip at $1.5 million...