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The Honourable Shane L Stone, AC, PGDK, QC

Registered: The International Register of Arms, 31st March 2009. Registration No. 0151.

Arms: Argent a Lion rampant Gules crowned Or the rear legs shackled Azure holding in the dexter forepaw a Sprig of Wattle proper

Crest: A White Breasted Sea Eagle wings elevated and addorsed proper grasping with its talons a Barramundi Azure [Mantled Tenny and Sable doubled Argent]

Badge: An Australian Green Tree Frog proper

Grant: College of Arms 6th January 2008

The Arms of The Honourable Shane L Stone, AC, PGDK, QC

The Armiger is the former Chief Minister of Australia’s Northern Territory and Federal President of the Liberal Party of Australia. He is an alumnus of the Australian National University, Melbourne Law School, Adelaide and Sturt Universities; also former Visiting Fellow at The Lauterpacht Centre of International Law Cambridge University.

He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is also a Life Member and Fellow of the Australian College of Education

Conferred Honorary Life Member of LAWASIA 1996 he also received a Commission as Queens Counsel in 1997 as Attorney General and First Law Officer in the NT.

He is a recipient of the Panglima Gemilang Dariah Kinabalu Yang Amat Mulia (Knight Commander Most Honourable Order of Kinabalu Sabah Malaysia) and the Bintang Jasa Pratama (Order of Service, Republic of Indonesia).

In 2006 he was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Awarded for eminent achievement and merit of the highest degree in service to Australia or humanity at large it is the most senior civilian award conferred in Australia.

He is a Knight of Magistral Grace of The Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta.

He is also a Commissioned Officer in the Royal Australian Navy; recipient of the Reserve Force Medal, the Australian Defence Medal and Centenary Medal. He is the former National Chairman of the Defence Reserve Support Council of Australia.

He was accorded the title The Honourable for Life by HM Queen Elizabeth II of Australia 1999 on retirement as Chief Minister.

His grant of Arms recognizes his late father Councillor Les Stone JP the first Mayor of the City of Wodonga elected 1973. His mother Councillor Pam Stone OAM JP was the first woman Mayor elected 1985.

Shane Stone traces his ancestry to John and Harriet STONE from Plymouth, England disembarked Morton Bay Queensland in 1866. His maternal line he traces to Ellen WAINWRIGHT alias Esther ECCLES a First Fleet convict who arrived Botany Bay in 1788. 

The crest which sits atop of the helmet comprises a Northern Australian sea eagle (described in the Patent as a white breasted sea eagle) in flight with a barramundi in its talons. Three colors have been used for the mantling; the official colours of Australia’s Northern Territory – black, white and ochre (although their tincture is described differently under the laws of heraldry). In this case the shield background is comprised of the single tincture white. The charge is the red lion of Devon (Lion rampant body roughly vertical, forepaws raised to strike) as the Stone family arrived in Australia (Moreton Bay, Queensland) from the South Hams, Devon in 1866. The lion is grasping a sprig of Australian wattle (Australia’s national flower symbolizing ‘coming to Australia’).

The lion has convict shackles as both a pun and to acknowledge the maternal line of the Stone Family which dates from Esther Eccles alias Ellen Wainwright First Fleet Convict who arrived in Botany Bay on the Prince of Wales 1788 (Armigers 13th Great Grandmother).

The shield is surrounded by the Collar of the Order of Australia (three Stone Family members have been admitted to the Order – mother Pam Stone OAM, Shane Stone AC and wife Josephine Stone AM).

The selected family motto is Strength Honour Service adopted in English. The motto selected best encapsulated the individual traits and demonstrated service to the wider community by Stone family members.

The Northern Australian green tree frog was selected as the family badge. This frog is prolific across the Northern tropical regions of Australia. The border of the Grant of Arms comprises orchids found in Northern Australia interspersed with small green tree frogs and features the Coats of Arms of the Queen, Earl Marshal and College of Arms and Kings of Arms.

The Standard of The Honourable Shane L Stone, AC, PGDK, QC

The Standard is a collage of all the foregoing features.


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