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Hurstville is in southern Sydney, just north of the Georges River, in the centre of the region of Sydney known as St George. The flag is a banner of arms.
The council website says:
Hurstville City Council's coat of arms was approved by the Garter Principal King of Arms, Sir Alexander Cole, in February 1986. Hurstville was proclaimed a city on 25 November, 1988. The shield forms the centrepiece of the coat of arms and on the top of the shield is the crest, a helmet with a wreath in the silver and red colours of St George. Upon this helmet is a knight in armour representing St George himself. The knight wears full armour with a buckled cloak, and has an ostrich feather in the helmet. The knight carries his spear in his right hand and the spear is stained from the blood of the slain dragon. In his left hand he carries his staff with the narrow flag carrying the St George colours of silver and red. The coat of arms is supported by two dragons with inverted wings, the outside of their bodies green and the underparts red. They both rest their hindfeet on the stock of a tree. The name, or insignia, reads By Wisdom and Courage.
Our flag is taken from the shield within the coat of arms. This shield is made up of the red cross of the legendary knight, St George, who killed a mythical dragon and won the heart of a fair maiden. The shield's background is silver. In each quarter of the shield are two wavy bars of blue, representing the Georges River. On top of the shield [in the chief] is a hurst, a small grove of trees, with three Smooth Barked Apple trees. Hurstville was a renowned timber-getting place in the last century [the 19th century].
Jonathan Dixon, 30 Aug 2001