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The University's arms are centred on a mid blue field. These are blazoned as follows, in the 03 March 1952 Grant of Arms from the "College of Heralds" in London: "Argent on a Cross Gules a Lion passant guardant between four Mullets of eight points Or a Chief Sable charged with an open Book proper thereon the word SCIENTIA in letters also Sable."
The 2003 edition of the University's calendar states that the motto beneath the shield, on a scroll, "Manu et Mente," translated as "with hand and mind" was the motto of the Sydney Technical College, from which the university evolved. It makes clear that the motto is not an integral part of the Grant of Arms and could be "changed at will". It further explains the symbolism of the substantive part of the arms, the lion and the four stars of the Southern Cross on the Cross of St George, which refers to the State of New South Wales which brought the University into being.
The blue field of the flag is lined with a yellow band on the top, right hand and bottom sides only. Additionally, there is a further band of black on the top, right hand and bottom sides which is equal in width to the yellow band.
There is a good photograph here, taken at Dome Concordia in the Antarctic (known as Dome C). The AASTINO is a joint Australian, French, Italian, United States, experiment to categorise the qualities of Dome C for a future astronomical observatory.
Note that the University in 1994 added its title to the Arms to create the "new University Symbol shown." There are a number of symbols, greyscale and colour, for domestic and international use, made available for download on the University's web site.
Web site of Automated Astrophysical Site-Testing InterNational Observatory (AASTINO) Project, School of Physics, University of New South Wales. Dated 2002/2003.
Grant of Arms by the College of Heralds, London, 03 March 1952
The University of New South Wales Calendar, 2003, International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) 1325-667X
Colin Dobson, 9 January 2006