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Monday, September 11, 1978. :   The coat of arms of the Northern Territory is granted by Queen Elizabeth II.

     The Northern Territory is a federal territory of Australia, bordered by the states of Western Australia, Queensland and South Australia. From 1825 to 1863, the Northern Territory was part of New South Wales. In 1863, control of the Northern Territory was handed to South Australia. This was as a result of the successful 1862 expedition of John McDouall Stuart to find an overland route through the desert from Adelaide to the north. This route was subsequently utilised for the building of the Overland Telegraph line, which provided an important communications link between Australia and the rest of the world. On 1 January 1911, the Northern Territory was separated from South Australia and transferred to Commonwealth control.

The coat of arms of the Northern Territory was granted by HM The Queen of Australia, Elizabeth II, on 11 September 1978. It is the only state or territory in Australia to incorporate all of the floral, animal and bird emblems, as well as reflecting the Territory’s indigenous heritage. The coat of arms features a Wedgetailed Eagle holding an Aboriginal Tjurunga stone; two Red Kangaroos, one holding a Chiragra Spider Conch and the other holding a True Heart Cockle; between them, the kangaroos are also holding a shield decorated with aboriginal motifs; a grassy sandy mound with two Sturt’s Desert Roses; and a female aboriginal figure.


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Thought For Today
Those who love knowledge want to be told when they are wrong. It is stupid to hate being corrected.
Proverbs 12:1 (c) GNB
Tell a friend if they are in error - respectfully. If they listen your friendship will be stronger. If not - they have chosen their fate.

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