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Tuesday, 10 October 1972
Page: 1369

The PRESIDENT - I report to the Senate that this morning, in the Senate club room, J accepted on behalf of the Senate a dress sword for the ceremonial use of the Usher of the Black Rod. The sword v/as presented by Mr G. S. Boag on behalf of the Wilkinson Sword Co. Ltd. The father of the Senate, Senator Justin O'Byrne, supported me in accepting this beautiful gift. The sword has been designed to match the ceremonial uniform of Black Rod, with which H will be worn. It is based on the pattern of the British diplomatic corps sword with solid silver fittings and a silver bullion knot. The shellguard is engraved with the Commonwealth coat of arms, with the words 'Australian Senate' below, and the blade is embossed with n -wattle pattern along both sides. I am sure honourable senators will join with me in expressing our appreciation of this gift.

Honourable senators - Hear, hear!

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