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Dr Richard Gordon Num

Arms: Or, a chinese dragon inverted and torqued with tail erect Vert, armed and langued Gules, on a chief Sable a star of five points between four stars of seven points Or.

Crest: a numbat sejant Proper, grasping in its dexter paw, a cross ansated Sable held saltirewise with its lower limb pointing upwards and issuant from each interstice of the cross a ray Or

Motto: NUM SUPERABIMUR

Matriculated: The Court of the Lord Lyon 25th October 1990 Lyon Register, volume 77, folio 5.

The five stars on the chief represent the constellation of the Southern Cross which is included on the national flag of Australia. Gold and green are the colours of the wattle in blossom, and also the national sporting colours. The dragon refers to Chinese ancestry, and is depicted inverted to symbolise the migration of all my ancestors to Australia. Chinese dragons are often depicted in torqued or S-shaped form. The Numbat is a rare Australian animal, an allusion to my family name which is even less common. The ansated cross with rays refers to my profession as a radiologist.


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