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Today - why do we celebrate?

National Wattle Day
A celebration of Australia and Australians

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 more than 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 - 1 September.

Terry Fewtrell
President
Wattle Day Association Inc.

 

In the 21st century National Wattle Day is celebrated as a day to celebrate Australia - its land and its people.

Acacia pycnantha blossom South Australia 1 August 2009 S. Searle.JPG
Golden wattle, South Australia

In 1910 wattle day was celebrated on 1 September  in NSW, Victoria and South Australia.

 In 1988 the Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha)  was officially gazetted as Australia's national floral emblem.1992

In 1992, the first day of September each year was officially declared
'National Wattle Day' throughout Australia by the Commonwealth of Australia.2010

2010 was the centenary of the celebration of wattle day on 1 September 1910 in NSW, Victoria and South Australia.

Wattle Day is also used to raise money for community causes such local bush fires brigades, and charities for women, children and disabled people.A century ago sprigs of wattle and wattle badges were sold to raise money for wounded soldiers in the First World War.

 

Celebration of National Wattle Day

 

It is a day that unifies all Australians in a celebration of what it is to live in Australia and be Australian.

ACT Citizenship Ceremony

 

 Recommended reading about the history and practice of National Wattle Day:

'Australia's Wattle Day'* is a wonderful description of the Golden Wattle and National Wattle Day written by Dr Rod Panter in 1995 and updated in 1997. Dr Panter suggests what to do on Wattle Day and a role for the Federal Government.

*Current Issues Brief 1 1995-96
Rod Panter
Science, Technology, Environment and Resources Group
29 August 1995 (updated 19 August 1997)

 

 Rod Panter is a founding and life-long member of the Wattle Day Association Inc.

 Rod Panter at the piano

Rod Panter plays the piano at a wattle dinner at Teatro Vivaldi's
restaurant ANU Canberra
Photo: ©S.D. Searle