is a state occupying the entire western third of #Australia
was noted by all of the early #European
who sailed along the Western sAustralian #coast
. In 1697 the #Dutch
explorer Willem de Vlamingh sailed into and named the 'Swaanerivier' after the birds. In 1826 the #British
explorer Captain James Stirling recorded seeing some 500 black swans flying over the #SwanRiver
. The British colony in Western Australia was popularly known as the Swan River #Colony
from its foundation in 1829 until the beginning of the convict era in 1850.
The black swan is the official #bird #emblem
of Western Australia, although only formally adopted in 1973. It also as appears on the #StateBadge
as a black swan silhouetted against a yellow disk. The badge is shown in the fly of the State #Flag
that was adopted in 1870, and revised in 1953. At the time of the badge's adoption, the colonial Governor, Frederick Weld, wrote that "This Colony at its commencement was usually known as the Swan River Settlement, and the Black Swan is represented upon its seal, and has always been considered as its special badge, or cognizance." The swan sits on a rippled blue and white base to depict it in its #natural
state, swimming on an #estuary
is representative of the monarchy in Australia, and the black and gold torse supporting the crown shows the #colours
of the state. A torse usually shows the principle colour and metal of the shield (blue and white), but in this case, the black and gold colours that have #historically
been associated with Western Australia since the adoption of the Colonial Badge in the 1870 are shown.
paw (Anigozanthos manglesii) flower is the official #floral
emblem of Western Australia, adopted in 1960, and together with the black and gold torse framing the Crown indicates the honour bestowed upon the state by the grant of arms, and emphasises the sovereignty and independence of Western Australia.