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Badge - Wattle Day Association, Wattle Day 1 September, Australia, 2010 Object Reg. No: HT 27480

Alternative Name(s): Button

Wattle Day badge featuring a wattle branch with blossom and leaves on a blue background with black trim.

Australia's Wattle Day centenary (1910-2010) was celebrated on Wednesday 1 September 2010. A number of events marked the centenary including a Centenary dinner, memorabilia exhibition and Australian Citizenship ceremony. The Wattle Day Association is located in Canberra.

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. The white plastic back has an attached metal pin. Text and an illustration in green and yellow appear on the obverse. A wattle branch with yellow blossom and green leaves is centrally placed on a blue background with black trim. Yellow text appears above and below the branch.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Wattle Day Association Inc., 2010
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 35 mm (Width), 35 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: community organisations services, white australia policy, fundraising, wattle day
Themes this item is part of: Wattle Day, Cultural Diversity Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: CELEBRATIONS & TRADITIONS
Secondary Classification: Wattle Day
Tertiary Classification: badges
Inscriptions: Text reads: 'Wattle Day / 1 September'
Manufacturer: Wattle Day Association Inc., Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, 2010
Designer: Wattle Day Association Inc. Wattle Day Association Badge Sub-Committee, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, 2010
Designer: Graphic Ark Pty Ltd, Fyshwick, New South Wales, Australia, 2010

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