Alternative Name(s): Button

'Wattle Day for Children' badge, made and used circa 1914.

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.

Physical Description

This circular badge has a dark blue boarder, which encloses a centre circle of pale blue, with a design of three long white objects, held together by a band of yellow (possibly wattle). This is enclosed by a circle, the top half is white and has red text, while the lower half is composed of yellow wattle blossoms and has a white banner with black text.

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