Wattle Day Welcome
Wattles have long had special meanings for Australians
In 1992, the first day of September each year was officially declared
2010 was the centenary of the celebration of wattle day on September1910 in NSW, Victoria and South Australia.
Celebrate National Wattle Day
Tuesday 1 September 2015
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
National Wattle Day - why do we celebrate?
So join the celebration of National Wattle Day - Monday 1 September 2014.
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.
2014 Wattle badges now available
© 2014 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.
If you are interested in having one of these badges for a donation of $3, or many to support your own Wattle Day activities, please contact our President
Wattle Day - a day for all Australians
A Friend of the Wattle Day Association, Allison Waterhouse, has this to say in the lead up to National Wattle Day 2014:
As the golden glow of the wattle spreads across our land, it brightens shady corners, lifts our spirits, warms our hearts and hopefully opens our minds to change.
Let us consider!
Celebrating Australia Day on the anniversary of the landing of the First Fleet is painful to Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander peoples, inappropriate to our citizens from other countries and embarrassing to all those who are aware of the continued arrogance and pomp displayed.
Our National Day should have no political or historical significance other than celebrating the ancient plant that had its feet in the soil long before the first footsteps of mankind. The first day of Spring would be the ideal day for us all to celebrate our National Day and our national flower.
Surely it is never too late to make amends.
Allison D. Waterhouse
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.
Meet one of the Association's newest members
Tammy Solonec joins the Wattle Day Association during her visit to Canberra. Read Tammy's thoughts about National Wattle Day.
L. to R: Rod Little, Terry Fewtrell, Tammy Solonec & Suzette Searle
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Wattle - a symbol of Australians lost
PM Tony Abbott places wattle sprigs on a wreath during the multi-faith memorial
We welcome news of your National Wattle Day events and activities and will feature them here on our Wattle Day Events page. Please email the President with the details.
For example, National Wattle Day this year is being celebrated at the Colac Botanic Gardens(Victoria) with a free giveaway of wattle plants and a talk about acacias.
More than 750 wattles (representing 21 different species and subspecies of Acacia that are small enough for smaller properties) have been potted up by members of the Australian Native Plants Society (Colac/Otway Group) to give away free to anyone who attends the celebrations at the gardens on 1 September 2015.
Celebrations in 2014
2014 Golden Wattle Award winner - Ben Roberts-Smith VC MG
It is an honour to be chosen as the Golden Wattle Award recipient for 2014 and I thank the Committee for their favourable consideration. Through recognition and endorsement of our national floral emblem, the Wattle Day Association aims to promote the ideals of unity and community in Australia. When we think of community we include all Australians, from all walks of life and in a caring and united community, we particularly think of those who are struggling.
Through my continued interactions with current and ex-servicemen and women I have come to recognize that all too often, we fail those most in need, those most vulnerable in our community
To help re-dress this imbalance, I am proud to work with The White Cloud Foundation.
The Foundation assists our veterans and also works within the broader community, offering practical support and assistance to those suffering not only PTSD but also other forms of depression and mental health issues.
A society who puts the care of its most vulnerable at the forefront is a united and compassionate community.
Please visit the White Cloud Foundation website "
Ben Roberts-Smith VC MG
The Golden Wattle Award is an honorary recognition of the achievements of an Australian whose contributions in the past 12 months deserve special acknowledgement by Australians.
Determination of the award is based on an outstanding or exceptional contribution to Australia (the land) or the Australian Spirit (the people) in or from any field.
Previous winners are Melissa Irons (2013), Professor Brian Schmidt (2012) and Cadel Evans (2011)..
Wattle is deep in our psyche
Terry Fewtrell, President of the Wattle Day Association says this on National Wattle Day about why wattle is deep in our psyche.
At Government House
The Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, receiving a basket of wattle on behalf of all of Australia's schoolchildren from students from Ngunnawal Primary School, Canberra (29 August 2014).
L to R: Sir Peter Cosgrove, Hayden Scott, Emily Carey, Jasmine Leong
Photo: © S. D. Searle
Wattle Day Citizenship Ceremony
The new and award-winning ACT Primary Concert Choir, conducted by Katharine Finlayson
For school choirs - a new Wattle song