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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 18, No. 3. March 25, 1954

Weir Crest

Weir Crest

This is Weir House crest. It adorns the Weir blazer, Weir writing papers, the Weir Magazine, Weir Christmas cards, and the menu at the Weir annual dinner.

Beneath the crest is the Weir House motto: "Ex contubernio robur." This motto was suggested by Professor Rankine Brown, who no doubt overlooked the numerous rather embarrassing translations of which it is Capable Latin students may be interested to learn that there is a considerable school of thought which believes the motto has been misinterpreted, and should read: "Ex concubinio robur." Then again there is the group who maintain that the motto was originally "Nemo impune impregnari potest," which may be roughly translated as "You can put no-one in the family way without a shotgun wedding." The House has not generally accepted this motto, however.

The translation of the true motto "Ex contubernio robur" is broadly 'The essence of manhood comes from living together." This implies directly that character is the product of a corporate life, and the mental and psychological results of contact with one's fellows.

That is why a Weir resident may be sometimes referred to as "that character."