Clanwilliam

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CLANWILLIAM

Province : Western Cape
Municipality : Cederberg

Arms (crest) of Clanwilliam

Official blazon

(af)

  • Wapen: In goud, 'n golwende paal van blou belaai met vier golwende stake van silwer en aan weerskante vergesel van 'n lemoen gestengel van natuurlike kleur; op 'n ingedrewe punt van rooi 'n tros van drie vrugte van die Clanwilliamse seder van goud.
  • Helmteken: 'n Gestengelde en geblaarde druiwetros van natuurlike kleur hangende aan 'n wynstok tussen twee olifantslurpe, regs goud en links rooi. Wrong en dekklede: Goud en rooi.
  • Wapenspreuk: FIDE LABORA

(en)

  • Arms: Or, on a pale wavy Azure, between two oranges stalked proper, four wavy endorses Argent; a pointe ente Gules charged with a cluster of three cones of the Clanwilliam cedar Or.
  • Crest: A Bunch of grapes stalked and leaved proper pendant from a vine between two elephant trunks, dexter Or, sinister Gules. Wreath and mantling: Or and Gules.
  • Motto: FIDE LABORA

Origin/meaning

The arms were officially granted on October 22, 1976.

In these arms the wavy fess represents the Olifants River, which lies near the town. When the first explorers (dispatched by the Dutch East India Company but led by a Dane name Olof Bergh) arrived in the Olifants valley, it was inhabited by herds of elephant, long since shot out by hunters.

The crest represents the orange orchards that are a feature of the river valley from Citrusdal (south of Clanwilliam) to Bulshoek (to the north). It could also be a reference to the House of Orange, which used an orange tree as a family symbol.


Literature : Information by Mike Oettle.


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