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Vale Edwin Ride (26 June 1956 - 2 January 2021)

Edwin Ride was a passionate wattle researcher and collector of wattle memorabilia.

Edwin Ride            Blundell's Cottage

Edwin Ride 'wattling on' at the Blundell's Cottage Vintage Village Fair in Canberra, 18 August 2007

His wonderful wattle collection featured on the ABC's 'Collectors' TV program on 27 August 2010 and
featured at the Canberra Museum and Gallery (Sept-Oct. 2010). See picture below:

Edwin Ride's wattle collection CMAG Sept-Oct 2010

Edwin's collection of tea cups, postcards, poetry, music, embroidery, military and charity badges and so much more,
illustrated our relationship with wattle over time.

Enjoy Edwin's insightful articles about wattle as a symbol:

'Wattle - a changing Symbol for a Changing Nation' 2007

'Wattle Days from Adam Lindsay Gordon to Ginger Mick' 2007

'Wattle: a natural choice for a symbol' 2009

Edwin ride national Library 31 August 2007

Edwin Ride, watched on by Mark McKenna and Ben Wellings
at the Wattle Day Association forum:
'Wattle and other symbols of Australian identity - their meaning today.
31 August 2007 National Library of Australia.



$100 banknote in the hands of WDA members 29 Oct 2020

Wattle Day Association members
L to R: Warwick Wright, Pat Wright, Chris Alexion, Suzette Searle, Dr Phillip Kodela, and Dawn Searle
outside the Reserve Bank of Australia in Canberra on Thursday 29 October 2020 with the new $100 banknote that was released into circulation on that day
Picture: Dion Georgopoulos

 The celebrations continued up at the National Arboretum Canberra where more than 100 Golden Wattles have been planted since 2017.

4100 banknote michelle McMahon 29 Oct 2020WDA members $100 banknote NAC Michelle mcMahon 29 Oct 2020
L to R: (back) Judy Tunningley, Florence Fahy, Suzette Searle,Pat Wright, Warwick Wright Front: Phillip Kodela
Photos: Michelle McMahon National Arboretum Canberra



The 2020 Golden Wattle Award winners are Australia’s health and medical professionals and allied workers, who have been at the front line of the fight against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and who, day after day, have put their own lives at risk to keep the Australian community healthy and safe.
This award is in recognition of their expertise and skill, their dedication and commitment and their unselfish demonstration of the very best of care and compassion for their fellow Australians.

Previous Golden Wattle Award winners since 2011 include tennis great Ashleigh Barty and Dylan Alcott (2019), Craig Challen and Richard Harris, underwater rescuers of the young Thai soccer (2018) and Samuel Johnson and his sister (2017).

Adrian's resilient wattle

This photo is testament to the resilience of wattle that survives, and thrives, even in the most difficult of situations.
Photo: Courtesy of Adrian (North Canberra)

Celebrate Australia's National Wattle Day on 1 September 

Golden Wattle (A. pycnantha) SD Searle

The first celebration of wattle day in more than one state on the same day took place, on 1 September in 1910 in NSW, Victoria and South Australia.

And then with the First World War (1914-1918) and the desire to sell wattle sprigs to raise money for the troops overseas and later for maimed soldiers and women and children's charities, the date was changed to 1 August in NSW and other dates elsewhere to co-incide with the best flowering of their local wattles from July (Qld) to late September (South Australia).

In 1992 as a unifying gesture for this particular celebration, the first day of spring - 1 September - was proclaimed by the Governor-General, Sir Ninian Stephen, to be Australia's National Wattle Day for everyone across Australia to celebrate at the same time.
This has yet to be celebrated as a national holiday.

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?

  • WEAR a sprig of wattle or the uplifting colour of yellow
  • 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
  • or SING a wattle song with the children in your life.
    'The Wattle Blooms' was composed and performed for the celebration of National Wattle Day by Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley (pictured below).


The lyrics, recording and melody score for 'The Wattle Blooms' and other wattle songs can be found on our 'For Schools' pages.


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