Kangaroo imagery slideshow
The kangaroo was one of the earliest Australian symbols adapted by Europeans. It features on the coat of arms, in the decorative arts, on currency and stamps, logos, in wartime imagery and as a mascot for sporting teams.
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'Like the Boomerang May You Come Back' postcard, about 1914-18
This postcard from the Josef Lebovic collection combines a kangaroo motif with a boomerang and the traditional bush 'cooee' call. National Museum of Australia. Photo: Jason McCarthy.
'Our Boys' postcard, about 1914–18
Another postcard from the Josef Lebovic collection, this 'blotter correspondence card' shows the kangaroo dressed for war. National Museum of Australia. Photo: Jason McCarthy.
'A Jolly Christmas' postcard, 1914-18
Also from the Josef Lebovic collection, this postcard caricatures a fond kangaroo couple, during World War One. National Museum of Australia. Photo: Jason McCarthy.
'Assisting Queensland's patriotic day' poster, 1915
This early recruitment poster published by the Queensland public service shows a kangaroo wearing an Australian soldier's uniform in the Dardanelles, with a Turkish fez impaled on his bayonet. Courtesy: Australian War Memorial, negative no. ARTV001501.
Australia Day badge, 1916
'Queensland public service patriotic carnival' poster, 1918
Another poster issued by the Queensland public service, this version also uses imagery of a kangaroo dressed as an Australian soldier, to advertise a patriotic carnival. Here, the kangaroo carries the red ensign, and the battle front has moved from the Dardanelles to Europe. Courtesy: Australian War Memorial, negative no. ARTV08202.