Your Own Coat of Arms

 

Acquiring Arms

The current statement of the Law of Arms of Australia relating to the acquisition of arms by Australians was stated by Prime Minister the Honourable Malcolm Turnbull MP in Parliament on 7 February 2018 in these terms:

The practice of the College of Arms in England granting armorial bearings to Australians is well established as one way Australians can obtain heraldic insignia if they wish to do so. 

There is nothing preventing any person or organisation from commissioning a local artist, graphics studio or heraldry specialist to design and produce a coat of arms or identifying symbol.  Those arms would have the same standing and authority in Australia as arms prepared by the College of Arms in England

Whilst the AHS is not satisfied with this statement, it accepts it as the current state of the Law of Arms of Australia. The meaning of the statement as far as it related to the College of Arms is subject to debate which is discussed elsewhere on this site. 

Acquiring Australian arms is not an overly complicated task, though it can be quite time consuming and expensive depending on the approach adopted. Australians can apply for a grant of arms from either the Kings of Arms of England at the College of Arms in London, from the Lord Lyon King of Arms of Scotland in Edinburgh or from the Chief Herald of the Republic of Ireland in Dublin.

The College of Arms in London claims to be the heraldic Authority for Australia (a claim disputed by the AHS). The Kings of Arms of England will grant arms to any Australian citizen and, possibly, to any Australian resident.

The Lord Lyon King of Arms of Scotland will grant arms to any Australian of Scots descent or close connection.

The chief Herald of Ireland will grant arms to any Australian of Irish descent or close connection.

The AHS maintains strong connections with each authority. The Society is familiar with the processes followed by each authority and can assist you at every stage of the process of applying for a grant of arms. 

An Australian citizen or resident may be eligible for a grant of arms from another heraldic authority, such as the Chief Herald of Canada, the Bureau of Heraldry of South Africa or the various authorities in Spain, Belgium, Russia or other places.

There is no impediment to an Australian citizen assuming arms and these are accepted by the Australian Government as of equal validity to grants from the English Kings of Arms. The Society is able to assist with advice on design and assumption of arms.

For further information, please contact our Secretary, who will happily pass your enquiry onto the best committee member to assist you.

Research Assistance

 

Australians may be entitled to arms by inheritance from an ancestor in their country of origin. The AHS is in a position to guide you in carrying out the research necessary to establish such an entitlement.

Design Assistance

If you are considering assuming arms or wanting to create a painting, or other image, from a Blazon, the AHS can assist.

A number of our members are extremely proficient in the art of heraldry, and we also maintain strong connections with heraldic artists globally. Whatever your individual requirements we will have someone within our committee or membership who will be more than happy to assist you.

For further information, please contact our Secretary, who will happily pass your enquiry onto the best committee member to assist you.

President: Richard d'Apice AM
president@heraldryaustralia.org

Secretary: Stephen Szabo Esq
secretary@heraldryaustralia.org

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