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State Faunal Emblem Proclamation Day 1971

On March 2, 1971 the Leadbeater’s Possum and Helmeted Honeyeater were proclaimed as Victoria’s first official faunal emblems.

The news was made public with the publication of the news in the Victorian Government Gazette, dated March 10, 1971.

Note:
Leadbeater’s Possum is the only mammal found only in Victoria and the Helmeted Honeyeater the only bird, making them both endemic to the state and, therefore, quite rare on a biological and global scale.

The Proclamation

FAUNAL EMBLEMS FOR THE STATE OF VICTORIA.

PROCLAMATION
By His Excellency the Governor of the State of Victoria and its Dependencies in the Commonwealth of Australia, &C., &c., &C.

I, THE Governor of the State of Victoria, in the Commonwealth of Australia, by and with the advice of the Executive Council of the said State, do by this my Proclamation declare that the Helmeted Honeyeater, Meliphaga cassidix (Gould), and the Leadbeater’s Possum, Gymnobelideus leadbeateri McCoy, be adopted as the Faunal Emblems for the State of Victoria.

Given under my Hand and the Seal of the State of Victoria aforesaid, at Melbourne, this second day of March, in the year of our Lord One thousand nine hundred and seventy-one and in the twentieth year of the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

(L.S.) ROHAN DELACOMBE.

By His Excellency’s Command, HENRY BOLTE, Premier.

GOD SAVE THE QUEEN!

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Proclamation announcement in the Victorian Government Gazette, March 10, 1971

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