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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.


                   Jack Fahy Belconnen Mall Canberra 2000                     Jack & Florence FahyJ

Jack at a shopping mall in Canberra ACT in 2000 and with his wife, Florence at the racetrack promoting National Wattle Days


He was a passionate Australian and passionate about wattle as our national symbol, writing that:

The land seems to have given us the symbol to celebrate being Australian …

We are extremely fortunate and blessed to be who we are and to live on our island continent...

I hope that National Wattle Day becomes a celebration for ALL Australians and will lead us in this ever-changing world to aspire and evolve into being better Australians’”.

      Jack The Jefferys and Aranda primary 2008              Jack Fahy celebrating with his grandchildren

Their Excellencies, Marlena and Major General Philip Michael Jeffery AC, CVO, MC
receive a basket of wattle in Government House from Aranda Primary School on behalf of all of the schoolchildren of Australia


Mr Fewtrell reflected that Jack wanted all Australians to know and love the beauty of wattle as expressing the spirit of Australia and to celebrate that on National Wattle Day.

“At a time when there is much discussion about national days and national identity, Jack’s award, posthumous though it may be, reminds us that National Wattle Day provides the opportunity for inclusive national celebrations”.


Terry Fewtrell

Wattle Day Association Inc.

10 June 2019


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

Celebrate Australia's National Wattle Day on 1 September 

Golden Wattle (A. pycnantha) SD Searle


National Wattle Day has been officially celebrated on 1 September in all of Australia's States and Territories since 1992.

Before then, Australians in different States celebrated 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 suburb or nearby bush
  • ORGANISE a picnic, lunch, morning/afternoon tea, BBQ or dinner for your family & friends

Click here to see how Australians celebrated National Wattle Day last year on Saturday 1 September 2018

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2019 Australians of the Year
Craig Challen and Richard Harris
were also joint winners of the 2018 Golden Wattle Award

Craig Challen and Richard Harris, underwater rescuers of the young Thai soccer team, are joint winners of the 2018 Golden Wattle Award.

The contributions of each to the safe rescue of the boys, against all the odds and in the face of great danger, were outstanding examples of Australian skill, commitment and sheer bravery. As the whole world watched and hoped, Richard Harris and Craig Challen went about their task with a cool professionalism that won admiration and appreciation of people around the world. In doing so they brought enormous credit on themselves and Australia.

They brought Gold to Australia, the key criteria for the Golden Wattle Award. Click here for more

Previous recipients of this award have included Samuel Johnson and his sister, Connie (2017), Melbourne Cup winning jockey Michelle Payne and her champion strapper brother, Steve (2016), surfers Julian Wilson & Mick Fanning (2015), VC winner Ben Roberts-Smith (2014), Mel Irons a Tasmanian student and community activist (2013), Nobel Prize winner Professor Brian Schmidt (2012) and Tour De France Winner Cadel Evans (2011).


Our Wattle helps again

Wattle, our national floral emblem, is helping to raise funds for drought-affected farmers.
On National Wattle Day, Saturday 1 September 2018, many Australians continued a century-old tradition of selling sprigs of wattle to help fellow Australians.



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