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Wattle and kangaroo together again

In 1912 wattle joined the kangaroo and emu to represent Australia on Australia's Coat of Arms. Now, 108 years later, the wattle again joins the kangaroo to represent all that is unique about Australia and its riches.

It was Prime-Minister Andrew Fisher who made sure that branches of flowering wattle were included as a backdrop to the kangaroo and emu on
Australia's 1912 Commonwealth Coat of Arms (see below).

 


Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha) blossoms
(native to Australia for the last 35 million years or so)

One of the medals
for the Order of Australia

(1976)

One of Austrade's Nation Brand logos

(2019)

Golden Wattle blossoms closeup Order of Australia medal

A single wattle blossom of massed tiny flowers was inspiration for the Order of Australia medals. It was Sir David Smith (then Secretary of the Order of Australia as the Official Secretary to the Governor-General of Australia) who suggested the wattle blossom to Australian master goldsmith Stuart Devlin (see one of the medals above centre) as the basis for the medals he designed in 1976. In 2020 Australia's golden wattle continues to represent the best of Australians and Australia as part of Austrade's Nation Brand mark.

This golden wattle mark was co-developed by Clemenger CBDO with Indigenous design partners Balarinji
For more information about the symbolism behind this design, click here.

Want to know more? The purpose and background to Australia's new Nation Brand see the recommendations from the Brand Advisory Council. You can see there all the different logos and others designs that are included in the the new Nation Brand.

These new wattle-inspired logos join the range of iconic kangaroo   'Australian Made, Australian Grown' logos designed by Melbourne graphic designer Ken Cato and officially launched in 1986 by the then Prime Minister Bob Hawke. In 2020 only the particular colours of green and gold of the kangaroo logos will change (see below)

        Kangaroo evolution Nation Brand 2019

 

Celebrate Australia's National Wattle Day on Tuesday 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?

 

Nominations open for the 2020 Golden Wattle Awards

Please send your nominations and reasons for your nomination (max. 250 words) to

For information about nominating for these awards click here


How can you celebrate National Wattle Day in 2020?

  • WEAR a sprig of wattle or Australia's national 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 Wattle Day Association is a grassroots, volunteer community group that helps promote National Wattle Day celebrations across Australia.

See what happened last year ...

 Wattle stall NAC Village Centre

Wattle Corner at the National Arboretum Canberra
where fresh wattle sprigs were given to visitors to the Village Centre
on National Wattle Day (1 September).

 

Australia Day - our day needs a new date

The celebration of Australia Day on 26 January is not set in stone.

Surely it is not beyond us to select a different date that represents how we all want to see ourselves?

There is everything right about having a unifying national day to celebrate and reflect upon all things Australian such as the land, our values and our lifestyles. If the date of Australia Day celebrations also needs historical significance, let it have positive and meaningful associations for all Australians. Unfortunately that is not what 26 January offers, especially for indigenous Australians. Read more...

 

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