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image by Marc Pasquin, 24 January 2016
it was once possible to read that Blacktown has a light blue flag with coat
of arms. The document is no more on Blacktown's website, but can be reached here through
"When Blacktown was proclaimed a City on March 7, 1979, the then Mayor, John Aquilina and the Council began the process of obtaining a Coat of Arms (also known as Armorial Bearings) for the City. Information relating to the Council area, the Council and its related history and draft were supplied to the Chester Herald of Arms, at the College of Arms in London. The College put the final design together, in consultation and agreement with Blacktown City Council. A Petition was drawn up requesting the granting of a Coat of Arms and was presented to the Earl Marshall, Duke of Norfolk, for his approval. The Coat of Arms was finally granted to the City of Blacktown in February 1981. The scroll and accompanying documentation was displayed publicly for the first time in Blacktown on April 1, 1981. The Coat of Arms includes all elements of Council's previous badge - the Indigenous person's head, the wattle sprig, the boomerang and the motto "Progress". It also incorporates the Great Grey Kangaroo, the Kookaburra (both fauna native to the area) and also a bay horse (included as recognition of the importance of the Blacktown area to the breeding of horses - past and present). The Coat of Arms has been registered as an Australian Trade Mark. It is used on the Blacktown City Flag (on a light blue background); medallions, shields and trophies presented by Council; official blazers worn by Councillors; Mayoral letterhead; and other promotional and commemorative material issued by Council. "Olivier Touzeau, 5 May 2001
I did find some pictures of the flag we
flying in the chamber at
. The arms can be seen on the council website at
Blacktown City is a local government area in Western Sydney, centred around the
suburb of Blacktown, 34km west of Sydney's central business district, and
including suburbs from Prospect to Rouse Hill and Vineyard, to Mount Druitt.
With a population over 330,000, Blacktown is currently the most populous local
government area in New South Wales.
Home to several groups of the Darug nation, the Blacktown area began to be settled by Europeans in 1791, beginning in Prospect. The railway came to the area in 1860, with a station on the Black Town Road (itself named for the school for Aboriginal children of the 1820s). The Shire of Blacktown was created in 1906, with city status granted in 1979. As many new areas have been developed in recent years, there is little rural land left in the City.
Jonathan Dixon, 7 January 2016
Using this picture:
showing the flag displayed in he council chamber and I have been able to make
Marc Pasquin, 24 January 2016