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Markham, Ontario (Canada)

York Regional Municipality

Last modified: 2017-05-12 by rob raeside
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[Markham, Ontario] image by Peter Orenski, 17 November 2012
based on research and information provided by James Croft and Kevin Harrington

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Description of the flag

A blue flag with the seal centred.

The first seal flag of Markham has the writing "TOWN OF MARKHAM" and year "1872". - Photo of the flag, 1 January 2009

Markham officially became a City on 1 July 2012. The updated flag was unveiled during the celebration. It has the writing "CITY OF MARKHAM" and the four years "1850 1872 1971 2012". - Video capture of the unfurling of the flag

"The Lieutenant Governor John Graves Simcoe named Markham Township after William Markham, The Archbishop of York, England in the 19th century. Markham Township was incorporated in 1850 and Markham Village was incorporated in 1872. Markham Village was later incorporated as a Town in 1971. Markham Council approved Markham’s change in status from Town to City earlier this year, setting July 1, 2012 as the official date for Markham’s City status." -"The Weekly Voice" (including a photo of the flag taken during the inauguration ceremony).
Ivan Sache
, 17 November 2012

Banner of arms

[Markham, Ontario] image by Peter Orenski, 17 November 2012
based on research and information provided by James Croft and Kevin Harrington

Banner of the Markham arms. Probably an older flag.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 17 November 2012

On the arms, the background of the shield is green, not blue.
Ivan Sache, 17 November 2012

The (former) flag and arms of Markham were inscribed on 21 December 1990 on the Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges, Vol. III, p. 76. The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on 4 May 1991, in Vol. 125, p. 1,485 of the Canada Gazette.

Per chevron vert and or in chief a sun in splendour issuant or between four roses in pale argent in base semé of billets bretessed palewise purpure.
A Loyalist civil coronet rim or maple leaves gules oak leaves vert issuant therefrom a demi-lion or bearing between its forepaws a garb also or.
Upon a grassy mound decked with four bunches of a gladiolus or between a trillium flower and a rose argent, dexter a stallion or gorged with a collar gules pendant therefrom a torteau bearing a chevron between in chief two pine cones and in base a fleur-de-lys or sinister a mare or gorged with the same collar.
A banner of the arms

Artist Information
Creator(s): Original concept of Robert D. Watt, Chief Herald of Canada, assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority
Painter: Anatol Kozlowski
Calligrapher: John Whitehead - Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges

Ivan Sache, 15 April 2017