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University of Sydney (Australia)

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[Sydney University flag] image by Jonathan Dixon and Željko Heimer

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University of Sydney

This is the Banner of Arms of the University of Sydney. It flies over the main quad.
Jonathan Dixon, 4 December 1999

The flag has at the top, a yellow lion on red field; beneath that, a blue cross on a white field. On each arm of the cross is a yellow eight-pointed star, at the centre of the cross is an open book with 5 yellow clasps on one side and 4 on the other. [Ed]

The arms of Sydney University are: Argent, on a cross Azure, an open Book proper clasps Gold between four Stars of eight points Or, on a Chief Gules a Lion passant guardant also Or. Ralph Kelly, 17 Febraury 2003

St John's College

St. John's College, a residential college within the University of Sydney (see, has its own flag: green, with a green shield fimbriated yellow, featuring a halo with rays shining downwards, above a triangle above an eagle (wings half-spread), all in yellow. Beneath the shield is a scroll, again in green fimbriated yellow, probably bearing some kind of motto in yellow.
Miles Li, 5 November 2002

It looks like the "kind of motto" is the school motto "nisi dominus frustra"
Michael P. Smuda, 5 November 2002

Which means, "Unless the Lord, in vain", implying the verse from the Psalms, "Unless the Lord is with us, our labour is in vain".
Rob Raeside, 5 November 2002