26 January 2008
The crest that sits atop the helmet comprises a Northern Australian sea eagle (described in the Letters Patent as a white breasted sea eagle; in the parlance of heraldry the eagle signifies a person of noble nature, strength, bravery, and alertness; or one who is high-spirited, ingenious, quick-witted, and judicious; ‘True magnanimity and strength of mind’ according to Guillim; further if the wings are ‘displayed’ it signifies protection). The sea eagle is in flight with a barramundi (a fish symbolises a true, generous mind; virtuous for himself, not because of his heritage; also unity with Christ, spiritual nourishment) in its talons. Refer Tab Coat of Arms for further information. See also the painting of a sea eagle with fish on the Mary River Northern Territory by renowned Australian artist Peter Slater acquired by the Stone Family.