Wattle imagery slideshow
The wattle has long been popularly regarded as Australia's floral emblem and its official status was confirmed in 1988. Wattle features on the coat of arms, is a popular motif in the arts and is worn in memory of Australians who have died in war and overseas.
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Trade union banner, about 1920
This Waterside Workers' Federation banner is a large oil-painted canvas which depicts a heroine wrapped in the Australian red ensign, and surrounded by wildflowers, including wattle. The banner is dedicated, 'In Memory of Our Fallen Members at the Front'. National Museum of Australia. Photo: Dragi Markovic.
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.
Centenary of Melbourne commemorative teacup and saucer, 1934
'Discover Australia' travel poster, 1950s
This travel poster designed by James Northfield was used to promote Australia as a tourist destination. It combines wattle imagery with a map of Australia, a portrait of Captain James Cook and an image of his ship the Endeavour. Courtesy of the James Northfield Heritage Art Trust. National Library of Australia, nla.pic-an20072662.
Replica wattle brooch, 1950s
William Dargie's 'wattle painting' of Queen Elizabeth II, 1954
Australian artist Sir William Dargie was commissioned to paint this portrait of a young Queen Elizabeth II. The 'wattle painting' as it became known, shows the Queen wearing a Norman Hartnell mimosa gold tulle dress adorned with sparkling gold wattle motifs. Hartnell designed the dress for the Queen's 1954 Australian tour. It is unambiguously patriotic and easily recognisable as the dress worn during her first evening engagement of the royal tour in Sydney, and again to her last evening function in Perth before leaving Australia. Photo: George Serras.