Summary

Alternative Name(s): Pin, Button

Fundraising badge with stylised wattle motif, possibly dating from World War I.

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.

While this example does not specifically reference Wattle Day in its inscription, the inclusion of wattle in the design makes it likely to be an example of a Wattle Day fundraising badge. The words 'For Our Own' suggests that this badge was sold to raise money specifically for the troops.

Physical Description

Round metal badge with brown background and sprig of yellow flowers/blossoms, possibly wattle in centre. Words printed underneath and on rim. Metal pin in back fits in slot.

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