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image by Arnaud Leroy, 6 June 2006
Source: Kimberly Town Hall
From the Kimberly website:
CANADIAN HERALDIC AUTHORITY
SYMBOLISM OF THE ARMORIAL BEARINGS OF THE CITY OF KIMBERLEY BRITISH COLUMBIA
AS GRANTED BY ROBERT DOUGLAS WATT, CHIEF HERALD OF CANADA, ON 15 SEPTEMBER 2005 AND ENTERED IN VOLUME IV, PAGE 530 OF THE PUBLIC REGISTER OF ARMS, FLAGS AND BADGES OF CANADA.
Arms: The green represents the rich forest around the City and the peaks of the dividing line, the mountain landscape. The rectangle symbolizes the City itself, set in the forest. The vertical wavy line is Mark Creek, a central feature of Kimberley's setting and history and representative of ecological developments and improvements.
Crest: The coronet salutes Kimberley's famous amenities for winter recreation. The pine, one of a number of species appearing in many parts of the City, symbolizes the City's natural environment offering opportunities for many recreational activities. It also refers to the ancient concept of the tree of life.
Motto: RECORDAMUR OMNIUM, meaning "We are mindful of all", represents Council's care for the whole community and each one's duty to think of the well-being of one's fellow citizens.
Supporters: The deer symbolize the natural heritage found in the City's surroundings, and their pine collars, the importance of the forest for economic and recreational purposes. The base consists of timber and stone to represent earth and the City's beginning through mining, especially the historic Sullivan Mine, which for decades was one of the largest and most important in Canada. Timber and stone are also used in Alpine architecture, commonly used in Kimberley today.
and from Kimberley Facts
Kimberley is located in the south eastern corner of British Columbia just north of the U.S. Border. The City population (6,484) enjoys views overlooking the fertile and beautiful Kootenay River Valley and the Rocky Mountains to the east.
they state that the city's elevation of 1110m is the 2nd highest city in Canada.
The town's Bavarian heritage is reflected in the World's Largest Cuckoo Clock, and the annual Accordion Championship, but there is no Bavarian influence in the Arms and Flag.
The flag is a Canadian Pale, Green-Gold-Green, with the shield in the centre. As usual, the grant of arms shows a very Gold colour and proportions approximately 2:3. the flag is probably Green-YELLOW-Green, and proportioned 1:2 like the Canada Flag.
Kimberley is in the Regional District of East Kootenay, in the Southeast corner of the province bordering Alberta and Montana USA. Other districts in RDEK are Cranbrook, Canal Flats, Elkford, Fernie, Invermere, Radium Hot Springs, and Sparwood.
The Sullivan Mine mentioned in the description of the arms has been closed for several years, but was the site of a recent (14-16 May 2006) accident that killed four. [investigations are still underway]
It had been a major industry, mining lead, zinc and iron.
Dean McGee, 22 May 2006