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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Souvenir poster of the Duke and Duchess of York's Australasia tour, 1927
This poster by PA Manton marked the Duke and Duchess of York's visit to Australia in 1927 to inaugurate the new capital and recently constructed Parliament House, at the invitation of federal parliament, and to the delight of the large crowds who greeted them. The poster combines many iconic Australian symbols, from the kangaroo, emu and kookaburra, to wattle, the waratah flower and flags. National Museum of Australia. Photo: Matt Kelso.
'Buy Australians sultanas' poster, about 1927
Souvenir cup commemorating the opening of Federal Parliament in Canberra, 1927
'Keep Your Tail Up Kangaroo' musical score, 1930s
The cover of this patriotic cricket chorus, written by Neil McBeath in 1937, shows a boxing kangaroo, complete with cricket bat and Australian flag, about to tackle the English in the Ashes cricket series. The tune was written for piano, with accompaniment by the ukelele. National Museum of Australia. Photo: Jason McCarthy.
The boxing kangaroo at Agnone photograph, about 1943
Leading Aircraftman Jack Ronald Clifford Featherby (right) of Sydney, puts the finishing touches to the boxing kangaroo nose art which some of the 'Desert Harassers' of No. 450 (Kittyhawk) Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force, adopted as an insignia during operations over Sicily and Italy. Featherby is watched by Flying Officer D Davidson. Courtesy: Australian War Memorial, negative no. MEA0597.
Coat of arms postage stamp mural, 1980s
This three-panel mural was made by Alban Watkins to commemorate Australia's bicentenary in 1988. The mural is made of postage stamps and shows the kangaroo as a central element of Australia's coat of arms. Courtesy the family of the late Alban Watkins. National Museum of Australia. Photo: George Serras.