Wattle Day will be celebrated at the Australian Light Horse Memorial Park on Sunday 2nd September 2018, from 10:00am to 1:30pm (see details here).
Wattles are have been a symbol of the Australian bush for a long time and their flowering heralds the changes in the seasons in south-eastern Australia.
Lesley Dalziel writes that “the sight of the first wattles in Spring must have brought joy to all, both the aboriginal inhabitants and the early settlers. The bright blooms heralded the beginning of a season of growth and for the settlers, a new harvest. For the aborigines the wattles would be a sign of welcome warmth to come, and a harvest of wattle seeds for baking. All would have appreciated the beauty of the transformed landscape.”
Wattles were first used as a meaningful emblem in Tasmania in 1838. Later in the century, the Australian Natives Association argued for the wattles as a national floral emblem, similar to the thistle for Scotland. In 1899, Field naturalist AJ Campbell founded the Victorian Wattle Club (later League). He helped organise spring excursions on the 1st September each year into the bush surrounding Melbourne. All this evolved into the first ‘national’ Wattle Day, celebrated in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide on 1 September 1910. Continue reading