Looking towards the west from Princes Bridge, one of the prime gateways into the City of Melbourne, one catches great views of Southbank to the left and the City Skyline and Flinders St Station on the right. There is also the arch of the pedestrian bridge linking the two banks of the river between the City and Southbank.
The lights on the bridge are ornately Victorian and are emblazoned with the City of Melbourne Coat of Arms, also known as the armorial bearings, which is the official symbol of the City of Melbourne, Australia. They were granted to the Corporation of the City by Letters Patent on 30 January 1940:
On a silver shield, a red cross (the cross of St George) with a narrow red bar is adjacent and parallel with each side of the cross. On the central part of the cross is a Royal Crown.
And in the four quarters, there are:
▪ The top left corner (first quarter), there is a fleece hanging from a red ring.
▪ The top right corner (second quarter), there is a black bull standing on a hillock.
▪ The lower left corner (third quarter), there is a spouting whale swimming in the sea.
▪ The lower left corner (forth quarter), There is a three-masted ship in full-sail.
Above the shield is the iron helmet with red and silver mantling and above the helmet there is the silver and red wreath, and on the wreath there is a gold mural crown, which is a symbol of municipal government. Out of the mural crown rises the upper half of a kangaroo, facing the left side of the shield and looking backwards over its shoulder.
A scroll below the arms reads ‘Vires Acquirit Eundo’ which translates as ‘We gather strength as we go’.
This post is part of Kim's Water World Wednesday meme,
and also part of Susan's Outdoor Wednesday meme,
and also part of Nature's Footsteps Waters meme.