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In the media - articles by Terry Fewtrell, current WDA President


President of the Wattle Day Association, Terry Fewtrell, suggests that National Wattle Day has a unique role to play to diffuse some of the anger and disharmony that occurs now with celebrations on 26 January. Click here to read more...

Terry Fewtrell
President of the Wattle Day Association Inc.(March 2007- present)

Photo: S.D.Searle 26 January 2018


Terry Fewtrell
President of the Wattle Day Association Inc.(March 2007- present)

Terry Fewtrell at the podium at a Wattle a Day Dinner

Speeches and articles by Terry Fewtrell

'Wattle: A Deep Time reflection' 1 Sept 2018

'Our Wattle helps again and supports drought relief'1 Sept 2018

'How we can fix the Australia Day mess' 26 January 2018

Let Wattle Day end Australia Day arguments by Terry Fewtrell 1 September 2017

'Australian Days' by Terry Fewtrell 26 January 2016

 'National Wattle Day - a celebration for all Australians' by Terry Fewtrell 1 Sept. 2015

 'A way out of the Australia Day blues' by Terry Fewtrell 25 January 2014

 'Solving the Australia Day Puzzle' by Terry Fewtrell 26 January 2013

 'Humble Wattle Gives Us Identity' by Terry Fewtrell 3 Feb. 2012

'Wattle Day - An essential part of the Australian narrative' by Terry Fewtrell 2011

'The Call of the Wattle' by Terry Fewtrell (Second President) 2006


Jack Fahy & Terry Fewtrell

Jack Fahy (First President) and Terry Fewtrell (Second President) 

Photo: S.D. Searle 31 Aug. 2013




Message from the first President

'National Wattle Day - first day of Spring'


Jack Fahy

Jack Fahy - First President of the Wattle Day Association


As the wattle blossoms gold to welcome in the Australian spring, let us celebrate being Australian.

We are extremely fortunate and blessed to be who we are and to live on our island continent.

Being Australian is, as with everything else, in a constant state of change. There is not a thing that you see, hear or think which is not changing. So let us not think that being Australian means conforming to a rigid set of values, traditions or stereotypes from the past.. To be Australian 250 years ago would have meant being a nomadic Aboriginal; 150 years ago, it may have been a British settler.

Today we are a multicultural Australia with some wonderful traditions and systems. What will we be in 50 years time?

"Australia's national colours of green and gold are those of the Golden Wattle tree in flower."[1] It is also our national floral emblem.

The land seems to have given us the symbol to celebrate being Australian and it is for ALL Australians.

Let us therefore celebrate being fortunate enough to have the gold and the beauty that is within us and within our land on National Wattle Day - the first day of Spring.

"Wear a sprig of wattle or something green and something gold."

I hope that National Wattle Day becomes a celebration for ALL Australians and will lead us in this ever-changing world to aspire and evolve into being better Australians.

Jack Fahy 
(1998 - 2007)

[1] Reference: "Australian Symbols", Commonwealth of Australia 2000, ISBN 0 642 471312


Message from the first President  by Jack Fahy (First President of the Wattle Day Association)