|4.2 Arms record history
The change from a colony to an independent state, sometimes
accompanied by a change of name, was also expressed in arms in a number
Removing British symbols
Removing the Lion of England or the royal crown and changing
The political structure of British Central Africa was
changed a few times before independence. Accordingly, the charges representing
the colonies were re-structured in the corresponding arms.
|Rhodesia & Nyasaland: All the charges
in one achievement.
||Nyasaland to Malawi: sun moves from chief
to base, leopard becomes a supporter, motto changes in meaning and language.
N. Rhodesia to Zambia: chief removed, eagle moves from
chief to crest.
The Smith's white government kept the colonial arms unchanged.
Zimbabwe kept only the crest, a traditional African soapstone bird carving,
and the paly wavy from the N. Rhodesia arms as chief.