Cultural Artefact: British Solomon Islands Protectorate Coat of Arms

Alternative Names
  • Coat of Arms


A new design for the Coat of Arms of the Protectorate received Royal approval in 1957. It consisted of a gold heraldic lion at the top of the badge, a turtle in the top right-hand quarter, an eagle in the top left-hand quarter, a Melanesian shield with spears, bow and arrows in the bottom left-hand quarter, and a pair of frigate birds in the bottom right-hand quarter. It replaced the existing Coat of Arms on all flags and badges of the Protectorate. The Solomon Islands Coat of Arms (q.v.) adopted at independence in 1978 included these same features. (NS 31 Mar. 1957)

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Published resources


  • British Solomon Islands Protectorate (ed.), British Solomon Islands Protectorate News Sheet (NS), 1955-1975. Details