Coat of Arms

The first coat of arms was moulded using cement by Mr C. G Griffiths using his own hands and had a dairy cow at the bottom, a trek wagon at the top and this wagon is said to be representing the first pioneer column who staged alongside the railway line, a five stamp mill representing small workers (now known as makorokoza or artisan miners) and a pit head gear representing the dip mine. This court of arms is found in the Mayor’s parlour and at the mayor’s official chair in the council chamber

1st coat of arms

The second Coat of Arms was signed for in 1954 and it is now the official council logo

This is scribed beside the coat of Arms. “To all and singular to whom these presents shall come The Honourable Sir George Rothe Bellew Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order, Gastes Principal King of Arms Archibald George Blomefield Russell Esquise Commander of the Royal Victorian Order, Clarenceux King of Arms and Sir Gerald Woods Wollaston Knight Commander of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath. Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order, Vossoy and Wisterf King of Arms send greetings.

Whereas Cedric Arthur Gibbs Clerk to the council of the Municipality of Gatooma in the Colony of Southern Rhodesia hath represent in to the Most Noble Bernard Marmaduke, Duke of Norfolk Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Gastes Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order, East Marshal and Hereditary Marshal of England and one of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council that the said Municipality was duly constituted on the fifteenth date of August 1917 under the Municipality law of 1897 as a body corporate with a common seal and perpetual succession.

That the council is decicious of having Armorial Bearing duly assigned with lawful authority and he therefore hath requested the favour of His Grace’s warrant for our granting and assigning such Arms and crest as may be proper to be borne and used by the Municipality of Gatooma on seals, shields or otherwise according to the laws of arms
And for as much as the said East Marshal did by warrant under his hand and seal leaving date the twenty fifth day of June last authorised and directed us to grant and assign such arms and crest accordingly.

Know ye therefore that we the said Gastes. Clarenceux and Vossy and Wister in pursuance of His Grace’s Warrant and by virtue of the settlers Patent of our several Offices to each of us respectively granted to by these present grant and assign into the Municipality of Gatooma the Arms following that is to say:
Jierces on Pairle reserved Gules or and argent in chief a nugget of gold and a cotton plant with bolls eradicated proper and issuant from the base a mount vest representing Gatooma’s kopje charged with a representation of a native chieftainship’s badge of gold and for the crest on a wreath of the colours. A trek wagon between a ship of Jacaranda and a ship of flamboyant or Poinciana Regain both flowered all proper as the same are in the margin level of more plainly depicted to be borne and used for ever hereafter by the Municipality of Gatooma on seals, shells or otherwise according to the laws of arms

In witness whereof we the said Gastes Clarenceaux and Vossoy and Wister King of arms have to these present subscribed our names and affixed the seals our several offices this twentieth day of December in the third year of the reign of our sovereign Lady Elizabeth the Second by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of her other realms and Jessitosies Queen Head of the commonwealth the founder of the faith and in the year of our lord one thousand nine hundred and fifty-four” ( this extract is found in the mayor’s parlour at the City of Kadoma Town House)