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City of Lismore (NSW, Australia)

Last modified: 2009-12-11 by jonathan dixon
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According to Wikipedia, the City of Lismore is a local government area whose major city, Lismore is a major regional centre in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales. More about Lismore history on the municipal website.

The flag is now also shown on a photo on municipal website:

"The Lismore City Flag was designed by Lionel Gailer (Foundation Staff Member of Northern Rivers College of Advanced Education)."
Valentin Poposki, 7 May 2008

The fly contains six blue wavy bars on a white background. In the hoist, is, the coat of arms of the city sits inside a sun made of 24 rays, alternating long and short. This emblem is placed on a white area in the shape of a circle connected to the hoist, which is framed on the fly side by the ends of the middle four wavy bars and to the top and bottom by the other two bars, which become wider and reach the edges of the flag above and below the coat of arms.

The coat of arms is described and the blazon given on the city website. The arms reflect the naming of the city after the island of Lismore in the Scottish highlands, and were granted by The Lord Lyon, King of Arms.

The shield is tierced per pairle reversed, that is, made up of three compartments seperated by an upside down Y. The first section is white with a black lymphad (long ship or galley), sails furled, oars in action and fighting top inflamed, referring to Lorne, the region containing Lismore in Scotland. The second section contains a gold bishop's mitre on a field of diagonal (bendy) wavy blue and white lines, referring to the Scottish Lismore's status as the island seat of the Diocese of Argyll (the city page says the Diocese of the Isles, but I think that was a separate diocese until they were merged, and the seat moved to Oban). The last section is green, charged with a gold bull's head surrounded by four silver roses with gold barbs and seeds. The bull represents the industry around the city of Lismore, while the compartment as a whole reflects the meaning of the name "Lismore" - "the great garden".

The crest is a mural crown, and the arms include a scroll with the words "Am baile nach teid air agaidh, theid e air ais", a Gaelic version of the council's motto "Qui Non Proficit Deficit", meaning "He who does not progress retrogresses."
Jonathan Dixon, 8 May 2008