Tasmania Flag History
The island State of Tasmania, like most States, has as its flag a ‘defaced’ National flag. The word ‘defaced’ means that it has been changed. The Southern Cross has been removed and the State badge has been added. The State badge has a red heraldic lion outlined in black inside a circle of silver (usually shown as white). The flag was adopted in 1876.
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FLORAL EMBLEM OF TASMANIA
The Tasmanian blue gum (Eucalyptus globulus), is Tasmania’s floral emblem. It grows up to 56 m tall with silver-blue leaves and masses of round, creamy-white flowers.
The Tasmanian coat of arms, which was granted by King George V in 1917, has the Latin motto Ubertas et fidelitas which means ‘Fertility and faithfulness’. The central shield is supported by two Tasmanian tigers (Thylacinus cynocephalus). The shield features a ram, a sheaf of wheat, apples and a branch of hops to represent the State’s rural activities. The thunderbolt refers to Tasmania’s hydro-electric development. The mining industry is shown by the pick and shovel held up by the red lion of Tasmania.
UNOFFICIAL BIRD AND ANIMAL EMBLEM OF TASMANIA
Tasmania does not have an official animal or bird emblem. The Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii), which is found only in Tasmania, is used unofficially as the animal emblem to promote Tasmania and its products. These fierce, flesh-eating marsupials are usually black in colour with irregular white markings. Females give birth to tiny young which they carry in a pouch. Tasmanian devils grow up to 1.2 metres long.
BIRD EMBLEM OF TASMANIA
Some Tasmanians are pushing to have the rare golden wattle bird (Anthochaera paradox) accepted as Tasmania’s bird emblem. These attractively marked birds are grey-brown with two long golden wattles hanging below their beaks. They are the largest Australian honey-eaters and are found only in Tasmania. They eat insects and nectar. The extraordinary gurgling, shrieking noise they make sounds like someone coughing and vomiting.
Information Sourced from:
Flags and Emblems of Australia – Jill B Bruce
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