Wattle Day Welcome
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.
In 1992, the first day of September each year was officially declared
'National Wattle Day' throughout Australia by the Commonwealth of Australia.
2010 was the centenary of the celebration of wattle day on 1 September 1910 in NSW, Victoria and South Australia.
Students of Miles Franklin Primary School present a basket of wattle
to the Governor-General of Australia, Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO on behalf of all
of Australia's school children for National Wattle Day 2013
Photo: © S. D. Searle
The Governor-General of Australia, Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO
receives Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha) seedlings for the Government House gardens
from Terry Fewtrell, President of the Wattle Day Association for National Wattle Day 2013
Photo: © S. D. Searle
Wattle Day has officially been 1 September since 1992
Australians in different States have celebrated wattle day on different days between August and September over the last 104 years. Since 1992, however, National Wattle Day has been 1 September in all of Australia's States and Territories.
Celebrate National Wattle Day
Monday 1 September 2014
WEAR a sprig of wattle or Australia's colours of green and gold
GREET each other with 'Happy Wattle Day'
ORGANISE a picnic, lunch, morning/afternoon tea, BBQ or dinner for your family & friends
Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha) in flower in South Australia
Photo: S.D. Searle
National Wattle Day - why do we celebrate?
- Wattle is our national floral emblem. It is a symbol that comes directly from our land;
- Wattle is Australian and represents us all. Unlike other national days, National Wattle Day excludes no one;
- Like our people, wattle has great diversity (with nearly 1.000 species) and resilience;
- Wattle welcomes in the spring and is among the first plants to regenerate after fire, reminding us of the importance of renewal as it paints our national colours across our land; and
- Wattle is a unifying symbol for all Australians. There is no other symbol that says so much about us and our land, Australia.
- Wattle is a symbol of Australia and Australians.
So join the celebration of National Wattle Day - Monday 1 September 2014.
Wattle Day Association
Wattle has graced Australia's Coat of Arms for 101 years
Prime Minister Andrew Fisher changed Australia’s Coat of Arms in 1913 to include more relevant Australian symbols and made a spray of wattle the background feature.
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Australians have reason to celebrate the centenary (18 January 2013) of the inclusion of Wattle on the official Australian Coat of Arms. Wattle Day Association President, Terry Fewtrell says: “It is all the more appropriate that Wattle is the background of our national Coat of Arms, as it has been here for millennia. Wattle has welcomed us all – indigenous, colonial and modern day immigrants.”
A golden opportunity to put aside the Australia Day blues
Another Australia Day, another bout of discomfort, wringing of hands and a persistent sense that something isn't right. It is the same every year! And it seems unlikely to ever go away.
Australia Day (26 January) fails to be the unifying day that we might all hope for...
National Wattle Day, gazetted as 1 September, would be a candidate for an alternate day of national celebration, reflection and re-commitment. But having the conversation about such matters is what is important in the short term.
Read more in Terry Fewtrell's article (The Canberra Times - 25 January 2014)
Melissa Irons, Community Activist from Tasmania
Winner of the 2013 Golden Wattle Award
Mel was recognised for her ground breaking work using social media to co-ordinate vital assistance and pass on vital information during the fires and the recovery period on the Tasman Peninsula in January 2013.
We welcome news of your National Wattle Day events and activities and will feature them here on our Events page. Please email the President with the details.
Wattle Day Badge
©Wattle Day Association
The Wattle Day Association's wattle day badge design (above) is now available to you to copy to make your own badges. It features a bright blue background to represent the true blue colour of an Australian sky, and the the colour of the rim is a nod to Canberra' centenary as it is the same colour as Canberra's official yellow colour.
If you are interested in having one of these badges for a donation of $3, please
contact our President
Rural Fire Brigades Badge
©Wattle Day Association
The Rural Fire Brigades badge (above) was designed by members of the Wattle Day Association and Simon Yates of Graphic Ark Pty Ltd, to support our volunteer rural fire brigades.
There are strong links between Wattle (Australia’s floral emblem and national icon) and bushfire brigades (local community heroes). Each year in the spring brigades engage with their communities at street stalls and other events to raise awareness of fire preparedness.
Community Heroes - Wattle Day Association receives grant to help volunteer rural fire fighters
Suzette Searle & Terry Fewtrell at the award ceremony for 100 Community Heroes
24 July 2013
The Wattle Day Association is one of 100 community organisations in Canberra to receive a $1,000 grant in 2013 from the Calwell, Curtin, Jerrabomberra and Wanniassa Community Bank branches.
Terry Fewtrell, President of the Wattle Day Association, received the grant at a ceremony held at the Calwell Community Bank® Branch, Canberra on 24 July 2013. The grant will pay for the design and production of 2,000 Wattle Day badges to raise funds for specialised training as part of the establishment of a Peer Support Program within the ACT Rural Fire Service (ACT RFS).
The sale of the wattle-themed badges, this year with a design nod to Canberra’s centenary by using the colours of yellow and blue, is all about our Aussie icon, wattle, helping an Aussie mate.
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