Plaque - Coat of Arms BOAC

British Overseas Airways Corporation, Attributed to;  Auckland International Airport Limited, Other contributor; 


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Maker and Role
British Overseas Airways Corporation, Attributed to
Auckland International Airport Limited, Other contributor
Description
-1 Plaque - BOAC Coat of Arms. This was mounted on the wall of the airlines room at Auckland International Airport until replaced by the new plaque of British Airways following the amalgamation of BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation). BOAC introduced the first commercial jet services to New Zealand in April 1963 with Comets flying from London to Whenuapai. The Auckland International Airport was opened two and a half years later. The coat of arms is fixed by wire staples to a blue wooden rectangular sheet. The symbols are made from anodised metal giving the plaque a copper-gold appearance.

The base of the scene is divided into 2 theatres. One on the left is land with 7 crowns. The one on the right is covered with 8 waves. There is a shield in the centre of the base with a winged lion's head full frontal. The lion's tongue is extended down. A crown with 3 stars is positioned above the lion's head. On the left and right of the shield are lions rampant, with their front claws on the shield. The left lion is winged and has a lion's body. The right hand lion is also winged, but has a fish body. The left hand lion denotes land, London, Britain; whilst the right hand lion denotes the overseas content of the Airline. Above the shield is a Knight's helmet with a visor. Above the helmet is a winged lion flying in the clouds. The lions have collars.

-2 Information board - hardboard notice regarding the Coat of Arms.
Media/Materials
Processed Material/Metal
Organic/Vegetal/Wood/Palm wood
Organic/Vegetal/Wood
Accession No
2003.468
Credit Line
British Overseas Airways Corporation et al. Plaque - Coat of Arms BOAC, 2003.468. The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).
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