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Coat of Arms

The Arms

RAH Coat of ArmsThe shield is green, the upper portion of which includes an heraldic lion signifying the privilege of using the royal prefix in its name.  Below the lion are two towers which commemorate the century old hospital central building which was demolished in 1964.  The lower part of the shield shows gold and is occupied by an open book being part of the armorial bearings of The University of Adelaide to mark the long association between The University of Adelaide and Royal Adelaide Hospital in the Medical School.  Superimposed upon the open book is the rod of Aesculapius - in red and green, a symbol of medicine.

The shield is surmounted by an helmet which denotes that the Arms have been granted in perpetuity above which stands a piping shrike to indicate that the hospital is a South Australian institution supported by the State government.

Thus, the Arms show symbolically the royal name, the close association the hospital has with the government of South Australia, with medicine, with learning and the two towers which were such a feature of the old hospital.

Heraldic Description

Per chevron Vert and Or in chief two Towers Or, in base in front of an Open Book Argent bound and clasped a Rod of Aesculapius Gules with a serpent Vert on a Chief Gules a Lion Passant Or.  The Crest shows on a Wreath Or and Vert a Piping Shrike displayed proper perched upon five Mullets in fess Argent.

The Motto

An invitation was extended to all members of the staff to submit suggestions for the motto.  A large number was received from all departments.  'To Succour and to Teach'  Servire ac Docere was proposed by Mr J. Estcourt Hughes, Emeritus Surgeon, as it was believed that these words simply and adequately described the concepts of a teaching hospital.

Grant of Arms

The Letters Patent bestowing the Grant of Arms upon Royal Adelaide Hospital was authorized by the Kings of Arms on the third day of February in the fifteenth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth the Second in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and sixty seven.

The Grant of Arms is on display in the Board Room, Royal Adelaide Hospital.

An enlarged reproduction of the Coat of Arms is affixed to the west wall of the East Wing and another to the southern facade of the Helipad building above the Outpatient Block.