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Speculative banner of arms
3:5 image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 12 June 2007
Gozo island has a coat of arms, too, as seen at
Till now we knew only about Maltese subnational coats of arms of local councils,
of which there are 68.
Gozo Island is one of the three regions Malta is divided into (the other two making up the main island), as said at http://www.mgarr.gov.mt/default.asp?selMMLang=2, an arrangement that, though apparently official, is most times forgotten (see http://mjha.gov.mt/ministry/localgovt.html and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malta). Gozo is also, according to http://www.statoids.com/umt.html, one of two Maltese NUTS3 statistical subdivisions.
Whatever it is, Gozo has a coat of arms and therefore a banner of arms may exist for it. These arms are Argent issuant from a counterchief wavy wavy of six Argent and Sable three coupeaux Sable.
The Gozo coat of arms distinctly shares common features with the local
council's arms (namely the coronet, with five towers); assuming that it is
governed by the same ruling Adrian Strickland reported,
drawing the respective banner is a logical assumption.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 21 June 2007
The coat of arms is blazoned at
"The official coat-of-arms of Gozo is a field divided horizontally: the upper two thirds silver; the lower one third made up of six parallel wavy horizontal bands alternately silver and black, the top one silver, the bottom one black. Upon the upper part, three slightly pointed hills in black, the centre hill higher and in front of the other two hills. Above the shield is a mural coronet with five eschaugettes and a sally-port in gold."
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 28 March 2008
The flag of the Island of Gozo (Ghawdex) is shown on Wikipedia at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_flags_of_Malta. According to Wikipedia,
dates from 1964.
Chrystian Kretowicz, 28 March 2008
This flag can only be unofficial, since in local government terms, Gozo as an
island doesn't have any particular status, any more than the main island of
Malta does, or Comino. Clicking on the flag in Wiki gives a larger version, and
the description is "A flag of Gozo, created entirely by me with Photoshop." This
is nicely ambiguous, and could mean that the author created the graphic himself,
or that he created the design himself.
André Coutanche, 28 March 2008
I notice that the image is mostly used on Wikipedia in the context of the
Gozo football team/association (the soccer variety), which is a member of the
N.F.-Board of Football Associations not recognised by FIFA. This would explain
the creation of a flag for the island, but the website of the N.F.-Board itself
does not use a Gozo flag.
Jonathan Dixon, 28 March 2008
According to Adrian Strickland writing in 1992 (A Look at Malta Insignia),
"... ferries that run from Malta to the sister island of Gozo, wear the house
flag of the Gozo Channel Company, parted horizontally
white-blue-yellow-blue-white, with a dark blue company logo of three hills
standing upon a barry-wavy of white and blue in the centre."
David Prothero, 28 March 2008
The Maltese government website, in its English-language version, says, inter alia, at www.mjha.gov.mt/ministry/localgovt.html: "Today, Malta has 68 Local Councils - 54 in Malta, the main land; 14 in Gozo, the sister island." There is no mention of Gozo as an entity, nor does it appear at the attractive page of coats of arms at www.mjha.gov.mt/mjha_lc/default.htm.
I visited the page at
http://www.gozo.gov.mt/pages.aspx?page=142, which is styled "Ministry for
Gozo" (and not "Gozo Government" or some such), where it warrants a coat of
arms, with a five-towered coronet. This coat of arms (which apparently gives the
banner of arms on Wikipedia) does use the word 'official' to describe it. That
inspires a certain amount of confidence in the flag, though the usual question
remains: does it exist; is it used?
André Coutanche, 28 March 2008
Gozo (Ghawdex in Maltese) is the second largest island of Malta. It has 67
square kilometres and about 30 000 inhabitants. The capital of Gozo is Victoria
(also known under name Rabat). The island is famous for cryptic megalithic
buildings called Ggantija, referencing a civilisation older than Minoan Crete.
It is considered as legendary Ogygia, island of the nymph Calypso, mentioned in
Homer's Odyssey. The flag is light grey (also described as silver) with stylized
image of island: three black hills over three black waves. It is rather a
cultural than a political flag - Gozo has no effort for independence. It is used
for example by the Gozo football team, which is not a member of FIFA and
therefore plays only friendly matches.
Jakub Grombíř, 6 November 2008
image by Joseph Bezzina, 10 May 2006
Provided by Joseph Bezzina as the coat-of-arms of the region of Gozo. Text on
original reads "The coat-of-arms of Gozo - party per fess Sable three hills in
fess Argent the centre one enhanced and barry wavy of six Argent and Sable;
ensigned with a mural crown with five eschaugettes and a sally port Or."
I would note that the flag of Victoria is therefore a partial banner of arms.
Ben Cahoon, 10 May 2006