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The Golden Wattle Award

Connie and Samuel Johnson win 2017 Golden Wattle Award

Gold Logie winner, Samuel Johnson and his terminally ill sister, Connie, are joint winners of the 2017 Golden Wattle Award.
The award is conferred each year, around the time of National Wattle Day (1 September), by the Wattle Day Association to recognise a person(s) who has brought Gold to Australia through their actions or achievements.

The 2017 Golden Wattle Award recognises and honours the wonderful bond between Connie and her brother Samuel and their journey together with Connie’s illness. Their love and care for each other has been a model for all Australians and the way they have shared their fight against Connie’s cancer with the Australian community, raising millions of dollars for research through their Love your Sister organisation, has been extremely generous and inspirational. Their responses, when faced with great personal and family sadness and trauma, have touched the hearts of the Australian people and wonderfully expressed the spirit of the nation. Connie and Samuel Johnson are worthy winners of this year’s Golden Wattle Award.

The award is an honorary one, there being no physical prize or monetary component. It does, however, endow the winners with honourable recognition of their work or actions as being noble and expressing the best of the Australian spirit.

For more about Samuel and Connie Johnson and their Love your Sister organisation

What is the Golden Wattle Award?

The award is an honorary recognition of the actions or achievements of an Australian or Australians 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 of endeavour. It recognises the Australian who has brought ‘gold’ to Australia that year.

The Golden Wattle Award winner is announced by the Wattle Day Association each year on 1 September (National Wattle Day)

Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha) is Australia’s national floral emblem. The award is presented as part of the Week of the Wattle celebrations around National Wattle Day, celebrated nationally since 1992 on 1 September.

The award is an honorary one, there being no physical prize or monetary component. It does, however, endow the winners with honourable recognition of their work or actions as being noble and expressing the best of the Australian spirit. 

Previous recipients of this award are Melbourne Cup winning jockey Michelle Payne and her champion strapper brother (2016), Steve,Champion surfers Mick Fanning and colleague Julian Wilson (2015), VC winner Ben Roberts-Smith (2014), Mel Irons a Tasmanian student and community activist (2013), Nobel Prize winner Professor Brian Schmidt (2012) and Tour De France Winner, cyclist Cadell Evans (2011).