Swinburne's coat of arms
Swinburne holds a unique position among educational institutions in Australia in the link that persists between it, the founder and his family. The conferring of a modification of the family’s coat of arms preserves and strengthens that link.
The arms: the basic colours of red and white, and the cinquefoils charged on the shield, commemorate the arms of the Swinburne family. The four Mullets in the Cross symbolise the Southern Cross.
The crest: the demi-Boar and the cinquefoil perpetuate the Swinburne connection; the book is symbolic of learning.
The motto: the College of Arms’ translation of the motto is “Achievement through learning”.