Story: Coat of arms

The seal of Nelson province

The seal of Nelson province

The New Zealand provinces also had official seals. This is a picture of the impression made in sealing wax by the Nelson provincial government’s seal. Nelson is conveniently marked on a map of New Zealand, while Britannia (seated alongside her Union Jack shield) points towards Nelson and her young disciple, who – like Britannia – carries a trident, and represents Britannia’s new, young lands.

Using this item

Nelson Provincial Museum
Reference: A4174

Permission must be sought from Nelson Provincial Museum before any re-use of this image.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Stephen Levine, 'Coat of arms - The seal of New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 August 2022)

Story by Stephen Levine, published 20 Jun 2012