Series 301 - Grant of arms

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Grant of arms


  • 1954 (Creation)

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0.5 m (1 non-standard box in fire-proof cylinder)

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(1946 -)

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The Australian National University was established by an Act of the Federal Parliament in 1946 and is governed by a Council. Its founding mission was to be of enduring significance in the post-war life of the nation, to support the development of national unity and identity, to improve Australia's understanding of itself and its neighbours, and to contribute to economic development and social cohesion. Its mandate was to undertake 'postgraduate research and study both generally and in relation to subjects of national importance'. This national mission gives the University a distinctive relationship with the Australian Federal Government. It was Australia's only full-time research university with four initial Research Schools (Physical Sciences, Medical Research, Social Sciences and Pacific Studies). Undergraduate courses have been taught since 1960, when it amalgamated with Canberra University College.

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The grant of arms is addressed to the Vice-Chancellor Sir Douglas Copland and issued by the College of Heralds. It includes an illustration of the University’s coat of arms and a description of it in heraldic terms: ‘Per chevron Azure and Barry wavy of eight Argent and of the last a Boomerang chevronwise Or in sinister chief five Stars representing the Constellation of the Southern Cross also Argent’. It is dated 6 July 1954 and signed by the Garter Principal King of Arms, the Clarenceux King of Arms and the Norroy and Ulster King of Arms whose seals are attached and enclosed in metal cases.


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Open access but care is needed as document is rolled and has seal cases attached; transcript and photographic copies should be used where possible

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Transcript of document on file ANUA 53,, Part 4 and on series file

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Relevant files at ANUA 53,, Parts 1–5 and envelopes, including colour photographs and transcript. Black and white photographs at ANUA 15, Envelope 141.

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Prepared by Maggie Shapley on 23 April 2008




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