Alternative Name(s): Button
'Wattle Day' badge, made circa 1914-1919. Badge intended to be 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.
Round metal badge in blue, green, yellow and white. Dark blue border around edge. Green background behind white map of Australia. Sprigs of wattle flowers shown on map. Words printed below map. Some rust on back. Pin and backing plate missing from the back.
Donation from Mr H. Legge, 14 Feb 1989
"WATTLE / DAY ". On lower outer rim: "COPYRIGHT".
Type of item
4 mm (Height), 32 mm (Outside Diameter)
5 mm (Height), 31 mm (Outside Diameter)
Measurement From Conservation.