The other letter, dated the same day, was from the Acting Inspector of Schools
to the Secretary of the British Resident, forwarding a copy of Sidney's letter together with the
sketch (by Mr Mavor presumably) of the crest:
The former V.I. School Captain from 1928 to 1929, Mr W. F. C. Grenier, had
also been assiduous in the search for a suitable crest and was responsible for keeping the
matter to the fore. In the end, it was during the stewardship of Mr. E. de la Mare Stowell,
the acting headmaster who had come from Bukit Mertajam from June to December, 1930, that
the final version of the school crest was designed. His other achievements included the
winning of the much-coveted Thomson Cup and the inception of the cross-country runs.
This version was the design of Mr. G. Burgess, the Art Superintendent.
A colour plate of the school crest was printed in the December 1930 issue of the school
magazine for Victorians to detach and frame. The school crest was reproduced on at
least four other occasions, in the Victorian of July 1941, in A Short
History of the Victoria Institution, 1893 - 1961, in the 1963 Victorian
and in the 1970 Speech Day programme.
Over time, the school crest has undergone gross distortions as evidenced
in the present school badge and recent school publications. This is due to generations of
Victorians copying - and introducing slight errors - what their seniors had copied
before them. The present day Seladang's horns have become too short and the crescent
moon seems to engulf the five-point star. The finer features of the Key of Knowledge
are completely wrong, as are the heights of the "goals". In fact the original 1930
design is still in the large emblem in the school hall above the stage. This should
be used as a benchmark. The original citation of the crest reads as follows:
"The shield, it will be observed, carries the letters V.I. in dark blue on a
light blue ground, thus displaying the school colours. The star and crescent and
the head of a Seladang will be recognised as symbolic of the State and its people.
The key is the Key of Knowledge and the goals, wide and narrow, are the Goals to be
won, not only on the football and hockey field, but in the world after school days
Now, scanned from the 1963 Victorian, the school crest at the top
of the page is available for all Victorians to admire and to download for their own use.
That the V.I.'s star and crescent are borrowed from the pre-war Selangor flag is
obvious on comparison of the two designs below:
It is interesting to note that the Selangor flag underwent a minor redesign in
January 1965 (see below) so that the five-point star became larger and the crescent
thicker and more rounded. The colour of the star and crescent was also changed from
yellow to white. In February 1974, Kuala Lumpur became Wilayah Persekutuan; with
the stroke of a pen, the Sultan of Selangor ceded 94 square miles of his state to the
Federal Government and the V.I. was no longer in Selangor! After 80 years, the
appellation "The Victoria Institution, Selangor" simply ceased to apply. However the
School's historic link to the Selangor royal family is still preserved forever in the
five-point star and that unmistakable narrow crescent moon in the V.I. crest!