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On Monday 18th May, a reception for Dr Claire Boudreau (Chief Herald of Canada), Mr Kevin MacLeod (Canadian Secretary to The Queen), Madame Emmanuelle Sajous (Deputy Herald Chancellor and Deputy Secretary to the Governor General of Canada), and Dr Christopher McCreery (Private Secretary to the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia) was held at the Northern Club, Auckland. Dr Boudreau and Mr MacLeod gave short addresses. Dr Boudreau talked about heraldic aspects that would have been reasonably understandable to the listeners. Mr Colin Davis, the President of the Heraldry Society of New Zealand, and two Council Members were present, along with about 50 other people from groups such as the Royal Commonwealth Society (Auckland Branch) and Monarchy New Zealand.

Auckland Institute and Museum’s Achievement of Arms

On Tuesday 19th, Martin Collett, Manuscripts Librarian at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, hosted a visit by Dr Boudreau and her Canadian colleagues. They were shown the Jones of Brawdy pedigree; the New Zealand Roll of Arms, which they specifically requested to see; the John Brigham inlayed illuminated manuscript, featuring the arms of Auckland City; Percy Barnett’s book on armorial bookplates; the Carlton Studio watercolour of ‘Whaowhia’ [the Auckland Institute and Museum’s coat of arms (1920s)]; the 1878 edition of Sir David Lyndsay’s facsimile of an ancient heraldic manuscript; and a manuscript book of crests and monograms. Martin reports:

“All the items were very enthusiastically received and there was much focus and discussion over the New Zealand Roll of Arms. The beaver crest for the arms of the Borough of Blenheim was very quickly spotted by our guests and was a source of much comment. Unfortunately, I was unable to enlighten them as to its exact connection but did say that it was likely an allusion of some sort – thanks to The New Zealand Armorist (No. 4, December 1970), I now know about the beaver connection!” [The borough was originally known as the Town of Beaver].

Dr Boudreau and her Canadian colleagues also attended the conference Constitutional Monarchy in the Commonwealth Realms: Opportunities in Common at the Parliament Buildings in Wellington from 21st to 23 May. On Thursday 21st, at 6pm, there was a “Welcome Reception” at Parliament for those attending the conference (including the four Canadians). On Friday 22 May, the opening address was given by the Hon. Maggie Barry MP, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage. In the several sessions during the day, speakers from Canada, Australia, and New Zealand presented papers on various aspects of the monarchy and heraldry, such as Kevin MacLeod on “A Canadian Secretary to the Queen”, Richard d’Apice on “Symbols of the Crown”, Dr Boudreau on “The Canadian Heraldic Authority”, Dr Sean Palmer on “The Crown’s Continuous Adaptation”, Sir Tipene O’Regan on “Maori [sic] and the Crown”, Professor Stephen Levine on “The Crown and Academic Achievement: the Regius Professorship”, and Dr Christopher McCreery (Canada’s leading authority on that realm’s honours and decorations) on “The Crown and Realm-Specific Honours”. In the evening, the conference dinner was held in the Beehive. The Hon. Michael Kirby (from Australia) was the guest speaker.

Dr Claire Boudreau's Achievement of Arms

Dr Claire Boudreau’s Achievement of Arms

On Saturday 23 May, there were three concurrent “workshops”. Kevin MacLeod led his workshop on “Patriating the Crown”, Emmanuelle Sajous on “Honours Systems in the Realms”, and Claire Boudreau on “Today’s Heraldry” where she showed some illustrations of modern Canadian heraldry, with examples showing its cadency system, First Nations heraldry, and modern heraldic art. Dr Boudreau and several other conference attendees had a look through a portfolio of heraldic illustrations, and she was given a sketch of an armorial supporter in the form of a green taniwha. Further discussions on heraldry took place over lunch at an eatery in Lambton Quay.

There were seven HSNZ members (including the Secretary and the Editor of The New Zealand Armorist present at the conference. The papers which were presented will be published in some form (at least “digitally”, but possibly as a printed book). The conference proved to be a valuable opportunity for New Zealand members of the Society to establish and deepen personal contacts with the Chief Herald of Canada and others from Canada and Australia. Dr Boudreau’s presentations were especially interesting concerning organisational matters and creative forms of heraldic expression if a patriated heraldic authority is ever established in New Zealand.

Thanks to Mr Simon O’Connor MP and Dr Sean Palmer (an HSNZ Council Member) and the others who assisted in organising the conference.

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Obituary: James Macintosh McCready


By: Gregor Macaulay

Jim McCready, for many years New Zealand’s leading heraldist, died in Dunedin on 18 December 2012, aged 89.  His funeral was held on 21 December.

James Macintosh McCready was born on 10 February 1923 in Dunedin and, except during the Second World War, lived and worked there for his entire life.

He began a long and loyal association with King’s High School (founded 1936; Scottish arms matriculated for both the school and its Old Boys’ Association in 1960) in Dunedin as a pupil from 1937 to 1940.  In 1941 he enrolled for an Arts degree at the University of Otago (founded 1869; Scottish arms granted 1948) and also began teacher training at the Dunedin Teachers’ College.  However, his studies were interrupted by war service, initially in the Army (in New Zealand) but later as a pilot in the Royal New Zealand Air Force (in New Zealand and the Pacific).  He returned to the University in 1946 and completed the requirements for a BSc degree in 1948 and for a BA degree in 1950.  He undertook his Teacher’s Certificate (completed 1950) concurrently at the Teachers’ College and his record describes him as follows: “quiet manner and pleasant disposition; excellent academic ability; well-balanced type; excellent promise as a teacher; splendid College record”.

He married Maida Whyte in 1947 and they had two children, Christopher (Kit) and Lynley.

He returned to King’s High School, as a teacher, in 1950 and, rising to be Deputy Rector, remained there until his retirement in 1980.  The rigour and quality of his teaching is remembered with gratitude by his past pupils.  He was also active in the school’s Old Boys’ Association, serving as President in 1958-1959 and again in 1983-1984, and was instrumental in arranging for a crest, “which may be used badgewise”, and associated motto to be granted to the school in 1984.

Jim’s interest in heraldry had been sparked after his return from the war, when he set out to carve a Perspex brooch of a knight on horseback for Maida and, with typical thoroughness, sought to make the heraldic detail on the painted shield as authentic as possible.  His interest was nurtured by Dr Morris Watt of Dunedin, who was largely responsible for the flowering of civic and educational heraldry in New Zealand in the middle of the twentieth century.

Jim joined the (English) Heraldry Society in 1952 and was made an Honorary Fellow in 1997. He joined the Heraldry Society (New Zealand Branch) – now the Heraldry Society of New Zealand – in 1963, was awarded a Fellowship of the Society in 1972 and was its Vice-President from 1980 to 1983. He was Editor of the New Zealand Armorist from 1983 to 1999, and was awarded the title of Emeritus Editor in 2000, having been made an Honorary Life member in 1999.  He joined the Heraldry Society of Scotland in 1979, and was an Associate Member of the Society of Heraldic Arts from 1996, a member of the Church Monuments Society (London) from 1980, and a member of the Bookplate Society (London) from 1999.

He was a member of the Dunedin Branch of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists from 1973, and served as Dunedin Branch Chairman from 1975 to 1977. From 1975 to 1985 he conducted evening classes in heraldry and genealogy in Dunedin, and in 1983 lectured at the First and Third Australasian Congresses of Genealogy and Heraldry, receiving a Merit Award.

Jim built up an outstanding heraldic library and also compiled annotated scrapbooks and albums of a wide range of heraldic and related material, with special strengths in New Zealand heraldry, heraldic art (he had a particular interest in Germanic armorial design, heraldic stained glass, and philatelic heraldry), arms and armour, seals, and bookplates.

Although not formally trained, he was a talented and prolific heraldic artist, producing work for the Armorist, bookplates for himself and others, Christmas cards, and, most notably, for The Green Book of St Lazarus, a roll of arms either granted to or assumed by members of the Order of St Lazarus in New Zealand.  He encouraged members of the order to regard possession of arms as an indication of their commitment to one of the prime objectives of the order: the promotion and maintenance of the principles of Christian chivalry.  He also introduced thousands of boys to heraldry by displaying his work throughout King’s High School: one old boy says that he learnt more about art from Jim than from any art teacher.

Jim had joined the Order of St Lazarus as a Commander Companion in 1962 and his contributions to its activities were reflected in his promotions: KLJ (knight) in 1973, KCLJ (knight commander) in 1993, appointment to the Order of Merit in the rank of Knight in 1986, and the award of the Gold Cross in 1993. Jim was appointed Kowhai Herald of Arms for the order in 1995 and edited The Lazarite, the order’s journal in New Zealand, from 1998 to 1999.

Failing eyesight in recent years limited Jim’s artistic work, but his enthusiasm for heraldry remained undimmed.

Jim arranged a Scottish grant of arms to his father, Stanley McCready, in 1976 and inherited the undifferenced arms on his father’s death in 1988.  The quarterly fess and trefoils are features of other McCready arms; the narcissus reflects Stanley McCready’s passion as a grower and hybridiser of daffodils; the cabbage trees (making their first appearance in heraldry) give a distinctive New Zealand touch; and the compass crest alludes to Jim’s war service and illustrates the motto.

Jim’s contribution to heraldry and the Society has been considerable, as editor, artist, author of innumerable articles, lecturer, and mentor.  He put the Armorist on a sound footing after a period of irregular publication, and his articles on heraldic art and artists, arms and armour, and other aspects of heraldry dealt not only with the heritage of the past but also with contemporary uses of heraldry and future developments – he looked forward to a time when New Zealand would be independent in heraldic matters.  His knowledge, wisdom, and encouragement will be greatly missed.

Jim is survived by Maida, his wife of 65 years, who supported him in all his endeavours, his two children, and three grandchildren.


This obituary incorporates information compiled by John Scott and published in the Grand Priory Yearbook of the Order of St Lazarus, May 2011.

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Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

2012 marks 60 years of the Queen’s reign. Queen Elizabeth II became New Zealand’s monarch on 6 February 1952.

The Diamond Jubilee will be celebrated at various events around New Zealand. In November 2011, the Governor-General, and Patron of the Heraldry Society of New Zealand, His Excellency Lieutenant General The Right Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparae, GNZM, QSO, released a Diamond Jubilee emblem.

The emblem was designed by Phillip O’Shea CNZM, LVO, New Zealand Herald of Arms Extraordinary, for use at Jubliee events in New Zealand.

The following information was sourced from the Ministry of Culture and Heritage website (http://www.mch.govt.nz/nz-identity-heritage/diamond-jubilee-2012):

Symbolism of the Emblem

The shape of the emblem refers to the diamond (or 60th) anniversary, and the colour alludes to New Zealand’s highly prized pounamu (or jade).

The emblem contains the Royal Cypher (the letters and Roman numeral, E II R), which is the personal emblem of The Queen.

Also featured is the Royal Crown (St Edward’s Crown) which is part of the New Zealand Coat of Arms and represents the fact that The Queen is our Head of State.

The koru (which often features in Māori art) is used in the form of those on the chain of The New Zealand Order of Merit. The chain (or collar) is only worn by The Queen and the Governor-General.

The gold of the emblem represents value and achievement.

The chain links represents the role of the Sovereign as a part or link in the New Zealand constitution and the historic links between the Crown and Maori.

The manuka flowers relate to the Badge of The Queen’s Service Order (QSO) which is based on stylised representation of this flower. The QSO was named to commemorate the fact that The Queen is the first ‘Queen of New Zealand’. Manuka and manuka honey are well-known for their health enhancing properties.

More information:

For more information on the Diamond Jubilee, and for events being held around New Zealand, visit: http://gg.govt.nz/content/diamond-jubilee-emblem.


Welcome to the Heraldry Society of New Zealand’s official blog

This is a warm welcome to all and singular! If you are interested in heraldry, particularly in New Zealand, or if you wish to learn more about the science of heraldry, then you have come to the right place!

The Heraldry Society of New Zealand (HSNZ), established in 1962, is the principal New Zealand learned society concerned with the scholarly study of armorial bearings, the law of arms, heralds, and officers of arms.

The Society publishes a quarterly journal, The New Zealand Armorist. This blog is intended to complement the society’s journal by posting heraldry-related notices, as well as keeping the society’s members updated on upcoming events.

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