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by Antonio Martins
Coat of Arms
University of Victoria
University of Victoria flag is about 2:3 and is also a simplified banner of arms, as seen at: http://web.uvic.ca/webcoor/graphicstandards/vid/arms.html
The flag is divided horizontally upper third gold, and lower 2/3 blue. The
book is omitted from the flag, and the three martlet birds are in red, and placed
on the gold stripe next to the hoist.
David Fowler, 12 July 2004
The flag is inspired in the shield partition (upper third golden over blue)
but uses mainly the manteling colors, as expected. The three marlets shifted to
the hoist are a further hint that this was a very well thought flag design.
Antonio Martins, 13 July 2004
The flag consists of a gold field above a blue field - gold and blue are the official colours of the University. In the top left hand corner are 3 red Martlets, recalling Victoria College's early affiliation with McGill (Victoria College is the predecessor of UVic). The size of the flag is 3:5.
William D. (Bill) West was commissioned to design a new flag for the University
of Victoria in 1978 - 1978 was UVic's fifteenth anniversary year. West was a theatrical
designer, and was appointed full-time as a professor in the University of Victoria
Department of Theatre in 1973. He retired in 1985.
Rogier Gruys, Univerisy of Victoria, 14 July 2004
The coat of arms includes a war cry (upper scroll) that reads "והי אוך", which
is Hebrew. Source:
António Martins-Tuválkin, 11 July 2005
The Hebrew text simply reads, 'Let there be light,' which is of course taken
from the opening chapters of the Book of Genesis.
Ron Lahav, 26 April 2007
Antonio's ource calls it a "secondary motto".
While the Scottish tradition is for a "slogan" (which can be translated "war
cry") to appear above the crest, Victoria is known to be "more English than England",
so Scottish Heraldry is unlikely to prevail.
Dean McGee, 28 April 2007