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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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This print of a hand-coloured engraving by V Woodthorpe was published in George Barrington's History of New South Wales, published in 1802. Courtesy: National Library of Australia, nla.pic-an7890414.
Union Club lobed tureen, about 1840
At the Union Club of Hobart's annual dinner of 21 July 1841, members dined for the first time on a new dinner service. Commissioned from Minton & Boyle in England, each article, including this tureen, featured the colonial emblem of the kangaroo and emu and the Union Club's motto 'Ships, Colonies and Commerce'. National Museum of Australia. Photo: George Serras.
'Kangaroo Hunt near Braidwood', about 1870s
'Combine Australia!' cartoon, 1899
'Sunny Australia' postcard
This postcard from the Josef Lebovic collection shows a kangaroo and kookaburra framing 'A Bush Home', with a settler standing outside his slab hut. National Museum of Australia. Photo: Jason McCarthy.