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What are you doing for National Wattle Day (Tuesday 1 September) this year?

Wattle is a symbol of unity and resilience 
- we need both to get through these difficult Covid-19  times.

A number of planned wattle festivals and wattle-themed markets and library activities around Australia, have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the community.

National institutions and city councils are exploring other ways to celebrate this national day. For the first time, for example, a number are lighting up landmarks in shades of yellow to wish everyone a Happy Wattle Day…at a safe distance

Although 2020 is a year like no other, people are finding ways to celebrate all that we have in Australia

 

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.

Wattle blossom at the heart of Austrade's new nation brand

Terry Fewtrell, Vice-President of the Wattle Day Association writes:

The recently announced Nation Brand, featuring an Aboriginal-inspired golden wattle
blossom, is the latest recognition of our national floral emblem.

Wattle has long been an undeniable presence in our land. It has a utility and simple beauty that tells us much about
this place and us. But despite this, its formal recognition and acceptance have been a slow
and winding journey.

The Nation Brand initiative is an opportunity for our emblem, with its
ancient past, to lead us into a confident future. Are we up to the challenge? Read more...

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?

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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