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City of Whitehorse (Victoria, Australia)

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The City of Whitehorse is a local government area in north-eastern Melbourne, formed in 1994 from the Cities of Box Hill and Nunawading. It takes its name from a white horse statue at the front of the area's first hotel in the 1850s.

The flag of the city is white with the city's logo. The main part of the logo is a white horse's head, like a chess knight, against a rectangle which is orange to the left of the head and green to the right. Below the rectangle, the base of the knight is portrayed in two stripes of orange and green. Above and below the image is the "CITY OF" (above) "WHITEHORSE" (below) in green.

According to the city website, "The City’s logo is modelled on the knight, which is one of the most powerful and flexible pieces in the game of chess. The significance of the white horse emanates from the historical and mythological representation of strength, courage and fertility. The symbol of the white horse in Celtic mythology comes from the Goddess Epona (Gaul), Macha (Eire) and Rhiannon (Britain), each a guardian of good fortune ‘for monarch and tribe’. In astrology the white horse characterises freedom, strength and growth."

While the logo on the flag and on the website at an earlier date (see
is in orange and green, the logo used on the website now is black and white.

A photo of the flag flying at Box Hill Town Hall, along with the national and state flags on 2 March 2014, can be found on flickr

Council minutes from 19 April 2010: tells us that these three flags were flown there permanently, and also at the Nunawading Civic Centre, and it was decide to add a fourth pole in both locations for the Aboriginal flag.
Jonathan Dixon, 12 March 2014