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Queensland


State Identity




Queensland State Flag

Current Flag Adopted: circa 1953

All State flags, except the Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory, use the Australian flag, based on the Blue Ensign, but have the particular badge of that State on the right hand side where the Southern Cross would be.

The flag of Queensland is the Blue Ensign with the State badge. The badge features a light blue Maltese cross, with the Imperial Crown in the centre of the cross, within a white circle. This badge, proclaimed in 1876, was designed by the then Queensland Colonial Secretary and Treasurer William Hemmant.

Queensland Coat of Arms

Queensland was the first State to be granted a Coat of Arms. Queen Victoria granted it to the then colony in 1893.
The present Coat of Arms consists of a shield which has a bull's head, a merino ram, a pile of quartz and a gold pyramid with a spade and pick. These pictures represent pastoral, mining and agricultural industries. The shield is supported by a red deer and the brolga. The original emblem did not have supporters but Queen Elizabeth II granted these on her visit in 1977. The State badge is at the top surrounded by two sugar cane stems.
The motto, "Audax et Fidelis", means "Bold, Aye, and Faithful Too".



Floral emblem: Cooktown Orchid
Animal emblem: Koala
Bird emblem: Brolga