Why a white horse?

Our main campus is located in the City of Whitehorse. The name derives from a historical monument of a white horse that survived a devastating local fire during the 1850’s Australian gold rush. The status of a white horse adorned the front entrance of the region’s first hotel and two-storey building. Whoever its creator was, the white horse was destined to go down in history. In 1895, a fire destroyed the entire hotel, except for the bar and front entrance, where the white horse stood; unscathed. Today, a memorial stands on the former site of the hotel and the white horse symbolises the City’s identity.

The Box Hill Reporter wrote of its triumphant escape on 29 March 1895:

“There it stood the morning after the fire over the entrance door to the bar, surrounded by the ruins, without (apparently) the marks of the fire on it, ready, no doubt, to grace another edifice erected on the lines of our more modern hotels.”

 

Longevity, history and prosperity

Box Hill uses the image of a white horse in our logo because we believe it represents longevity, history, and prosperity – qualities of both the statue that survived the fire and of our educational institution.

 

Who created the original White horse?

Exactly who made the horse is unknown. One version of events says that Graham commissioned David Clarke, a cabinetmaker from Emerald Hill (now South Melbourne), to make the statue, while another says that Graham’s wife, Anna, commissioned a French artist who was visiting Melbourne’s Centennial International Exhibition.