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Celebrate Australia's National Wattle Day on 1 September 

Golden Wattle (A. pycnantha) SD Searle

 

National Wattle Day has been officially celebrated since 1992 across Australia on 1 September.

Before then, Australians in different States and the territories celebrated their own wattle day on different days In July, August and September whenever the wattles were at their blooming best locally.

Wattles have long had special meanings for Australians and in 1988 the Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha) was officially gazetted as Australia's national floral emblem.

Want to know more about why we celebrate National Wattle Day?

 

How can you celebrate National Wattle Day in 2019?

  • WEAR a sprig of wattle or Australia's colours of green and gold
  • GREET each other with 'Happy Wattle Day'
  • GO for a walk to enjoy wattles in flower around your garden, suburb, nearby bush or arboretum
  • ORGANISE a picnic, lunch, morning/afternoon tea, BBQ or dinner for your family & friends

The Golden Wattle Award

Tennis greats win 2019 Golden Wattle Award

Ashleigh Barty and Dylan Alcott are joint winners of the 2019 Golden Wattle Award. Ash Barty won this year’s French Open and became the world’s No. 1 women’s tennis player and Dylan Alcott won the inaugural 2019 Wimbledon Quad Wheelchair Singles title, having earlier won the French and Australian open titles.

Ash Barty wins French open June 2019Dylan Alcott wins Wimbledon quad wheelchair singles final
Ash Barty
Credit
Julien De Rosa/EPA, via Shutterstock
Dylan Alcott
Credit Daniel Leal-Olivas / AFP

While both are top tennis players, it is not just their efforts on the tennis court that have won them the coveted Golden Wattle Award. Both Ash and Dylan have displayed great dignity and grace in the way they have handled the attention and fame that comes with their on-court success. Their manner, on and off the court, has won praise around the world and brought great credit to them and Australia. Their demeanour and approach has been both gracious and generous. Ash Barty is a role model for all young Australians, and an inspiration to other young indigenous players. Dylan Alcott has shown amazing resilience and determination in his lifetime effort to overcome his disability and win acceptance in the broader community. Both brought Gold to Australia, the key criteria for the Golden Wattle Award.

 

Wattle Day is also Fathers Day this Sunday 1 September 2019

The wood of Australia's wattles are hand made into many beautiful and useful gifts by skilled Australian designer-makers, wood turners and furniture-makers.

Check out  your local galleries and arts & crafts shop for ideas for beautiful and hand-made gifts (from small to large) made from Blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon - one of Australia's most famous woods for Dad on National Wattle Day 1 September

Blackwood - Australia's famous cabinet timber - is a wattle used often in Australia because of its colour, character, grain and workability.

There are are so many useful hand-made Blackwood gifts for the office, the kitchen, the dining room and loungeroom

- from letter openers to bookmarks, bowls, chopping boards, door wedges, drink coasters, lamps (floor and table), rolling pins, salt & pepper shakers, trays, trinket boxes, wooden handled knives for cutting bread or fishing, to larger gifts of furniture like chairs, stools, coffee tables, side tables, hall tables and cabinets.

See the wonderful display of Blackwood gifts available at the Wood Works Gallery, Bungendore NSW for gift ideas


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Order of Australia awarded to Jack Fahy

Mr Jack Fahy, founder of the Wattle Day Association Inc. was appointed to the Order of Australia (OAM) for his ‘service to National Wattle Day celebrations’ on 10 June 2019.

Jack Fahy 2002

Jack Fahy founded the Wattle Day Association in 1998

 

Current Wattle Day Association President, Terry Fewtrell, says: “This award is great recognition of the work that Jack did to promote wattle as our national floral emblem and National Wattle Day – 1 September, as a celebration of Australia - its land and its people".

"The resurgence that Australia is seeing in the significance of wattle as our pre-eminent national symbol is the result of Jack’s dedication and work with the Association that he founded 20 years ago.

 

     

Let's make Australia Day Gold!

Just as we have celebrated the New Year and enjoy the summer holidays, people start writing newspaper articles and Letters to the Editor about Australia Day.

 

Yes, let’s celebrate Australia Day – but on which day? Read more here...

 

 

 WDA Vice- President Terry Fewtrell (left) and below
addressing an Australian Citizenship Ceremony
about the significance of National Wattle Day for all Australians

 

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