WESTERN AUSTRALIAN STATE EMBLEMS
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Coat of Arms
Shield contains a silver field with a rippled blue and silver base. A black swan sits upon the symbolized water. A Royal crown sits above the
shield and red and green kangaroo paws (Anigozanthos manglesii) frame the crown.
In use since 1870 the flag was revised in 1953 so that the swan faced the flag pole. If you ignore the change of direction of the swan, the W.A. state flag is the oldest of all state flags in Australia.
The black swan (Cygnus atratus)has been used as a faunal emblem since 1973.
Numbat or Banded ant eater (Myrmecbius fasciatus.)was adopted as a faunal emblem on October 2nd 1973.
The whale shark (Rhincodon typus) was declared the state's marine emblem on November 12th 2013.
The red and green kangaroo paw (Anigozanthos manglesii) has been used as the floral emblem since 1960.
The Gogo fish (Mcnamaraspis kaprios) has been used as a fossil emblem since 1995
The Gogo formation is part of the remains of a giant coral reef system that exists in the Fitzroy Crossing region of W.A.
The sediments laid down for these formations are about 375 million years old and contain many well preserved fossils of fishes. These are some of the
best preserved early fish fossils in the world.
This badge features a black swan on a yellow background and was adopted in 1829.
The official state colours are gold and black.