Badge - 'Wattle Day', Australia, 1914-1919 Object Reg. No: SH 000778

Alternative Name(s): Button

'Wattle Day' badge, made circa 1914-1919. Badge designed to be worn pinned to clothing.

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.
This round badge is edged with a green and yellow wattle design. It is inscribed with white capital latters on a blue background in the centre.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Bronwyn Mitchell, 1994
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 4 mm (Height), 23 mm (Diameter)

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Tagged with: wars conflicts, wattle day, world war i 1914-1918
Themes this item is part of: Wattle Day, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: CELEBRATIONS & TRADITIONS
Secondary Classification: Wattle Day
Tertiary Classification: badges
Inscriptions: Text printed obverse: WATTLE/ DAY
Place & Date Used: Australia, 1914-1919

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