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Janet Edna Merivale Austin

Vancouver, British Columbia
Registration of Arms
March 15, 2013
Vol. VI, p. 217

Arms of Janet Edna Merivale Austin

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Blazon

Arms

Azure on a chevron engrailed between three Latin crosses Or, three roses Gules barbed Vert seeded Or;

Crest

Issuant from a wreath of dwarf poinciana flowers proper, a demi-lion Or charged on its shoulder with three gouttes de poix and holding in its dexter paw a Latin cross erablé Gules;

Motto

MENS CONSCIA RECTI;


Symbolism

Arms

The arms and crest are based on an 1852 grant by the English Kings of Arms to the Right Reverend William Piercy Austin, Bishop of Guyana (1807-1892) and to other descendents of his grandfather Col. Thomas Austin (d. 1806). In this version of the arms, the blue field represents the service of Ms. Austin’s late father, Grey Howick Merivale Austin, as an officer in the Royal Navy during the Second World War. The three wild roses represent the Province of Alberta, where the late Mr. Austin had resided for most of his life. The passion crosses commemorate the service of Bishop Austin to the Church of England in the Caribbean and South America and his term as prelate of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George.

Crest

The cross of maple leaves indicates that these arms belong to a Canadian branch of Col. Thomas Austin’s descendents; in addition, the maple leaves on the arms of the cross represent Ms. Austin’s father’s four Canadian-born children and four Canadian-born grandchildren. The three black drops honour her father’s long career as a petroleum geologist. The wreath of Dwarf Poinciana flowers, the floral emblem of Barbados, represents her late father’s Barbadian origins.

Motto

Meaning “A mind conscious of rectitude,” this Latin phrase was first used by William Piercy Austin.