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Badge - 'Wattle Day for Children', Australia, 1933 Object Reg. No: HT 21306

Alternative Name(s): Button

'Wattle Day for Chidlren' badge featuring branches of wattle and a lyrebird. Manufactured by A. W. Patrick, North Fitzroy, Melbourne, in 1933.

The first 'national' Wattle Day was celebrated in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide on 1 September 1910. Wattle had become a symbol of Australia with the approach of Federation. It was particularly promoted by the Australian Natives' Association, established in 1871 and a strong advocate for native-born Australians and Federation. It later became an advocate for White Australia. Public support for Wattle Day peaked during World War I, when it was a potent symbol of home for military personnel serving overseas, and a means of raising money for organisations such as the Red Cross. Beautifully designed Wattle Day badges as well as wattle sprigs were sold. The influence of Wattle Day waned as the 20th century progressed, but in 1992 the Governor-General declared 1 September National Wattle Day.
Circular pressed metal badge with a plastic cover on the obverse, a metal back, and an attached pin. Text and an illustration in blue, light blue, yellow, brown and black ink appears on the obverse. In the centre, a lyrebird stands on grass, flanked on either side by a branch of wattle. This scene is enclosed within a light blue circular border containing printed text, and another border in blue ink on the rim. Off-white text appears on the bottom rim of the badge, within the outer blue border. The badge is discoloured and soiled. The reverse of the badge is tarnished, and the original silver colour has partly worn away.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Betty Laurie
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 23 mm (Diameter)

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Tagged with: community organisations services, fundraising, wattle day
Themes this item is part of: Wattle Day, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Australian Natives Association (ANA), Melbourne, Victoria
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: CELEBRATIONS & TRADITIONS
Secondary Classification: Wattle Day
Tertiary Classification: badges
Inscriptions: Printed: WATTLE DAY FOR CHILDREN/ 1933; A. W. Patrick Maker. 440 Rae ST. N.Fitzroy Melb[obscured]
Manufacturer: A.W. Patrick, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1933
Organiser of Event: Australian Natives' Association (ANA), Australia, post 1871

Wattle Day was an initiative of the Australian Natives Association (ANA) and the Wattle Blossom League.
Organiser of Event: Wattle Blossom League, Australia, post 1889

Wattle Day was an initiative of the Australian Natives Association (ANA) and the Wattle Blossom League.
Place & Date Used: Australia, 1933

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