The Federation of Australia and the establishment of a National flag for Australia occurred in 1901, yet there was no formal Coat of Arms for Australia at this time.
Australia's first official Coat of Arms (above) was rudimentary, though managed to capture something special about our country and its relationship with mother England. The use of the Kangaroo and Emu, two animals native to Australia, could only represent Australia, as this is the only country where these two animals are found together. This Coat of Arms was ratified by King Edward VII on 7 May 1908.
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