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Golden Wattle - Australia's national floral emblem

Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha)

 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.

Official Proclamation

The then Governor-General, the Rt Hon Sir Ninian M Stephen AK GCMG GCVO KBE, proclaimed the golden wattle as the national floral emblem on 19 August 1988.

Commonwealth Coat of Arms 1912

Commonwealth of Australia Gazette, No. S 259 Thursday 1 September 1988

PROCLAMATION

By His Excellency the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia

N.M.STEPHEN
Governor-General

I, SIR NINIAN MARTIN STEPHEN, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, acting with the advice of the Federal Executive Council, hereby declare that the flowers of Acacia pycnantha, the plant known as Golden Wattle, however depicted, shall be the national floral emblem of Australia.

(L.S.) GIVEN under my hand and the Great Seal of Australia on 19 August 1988

By His Excellency's Command,

ROBERT RAY

Minister of State for Home Affairs

GOD SAVE THE QUEEN

Crest of the Governor-General of Australia

Wattle is part of the design for the crest for the Governor-General of Australia

 

Golden wattle - Closeup
 
Close-up of Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha) - Australia's national floral emblem

 

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

 

 

 

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Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha) is a small tree that grows to about 8 metres in height. Its native distribution is in south-east Australia from South Australia to Victoria NSW and the ACT.