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A Golden Wattle to Welcome Spring
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Image courtesy of City of Moorabbin Historical Society Inc. and photographer Mark Eckermann, History SA

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Children standing with trays of sprays of wattle ready for their fund raising Wattle Day activities, 1913. Image courtesy of the State Library of South Australia, SLSA: PRG 280/1/10/384, Public Domain

Wear a touch of gold and welcome in the Spring at the Golden Wattle Springfest on 28 August 2016 from 2pm to 4pm. Box Cottage Museum at Joyce Park on Jasper Rd, Ormond is the venue, at a cost of $2 for adults and children go free.

View wattle-themed artworks created by grades 4 - 6 from Ormond Primary School. There'll also be wattle-themed readings/recitals and limericks/haikus. Nick Staikos, State Member for Bentleigh will plant a Golden Wattle sapling to welcome in the season and writer Mairi Neil, Kingston Citizen of the Year 2016 will speak one of her poems. You'll also be able to tour the eclectic museum, barn, and more.

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BYO picnic or use the Joyce Park BBQ facilities. The touch of gold you wear will make you eligible to show and tell if you wish, and you can BYO wattle-themed artwork, craftwork or blossom arrangement, and/or decorate your bike, helmet, cap or hat with wattle colours. All in all it's going to be a fun and informative day, and a good way for the kids to get an insight into our history at the museum.

Wattle Day goes as far back as 1838, when the event was held in Hobart for the first time to mark 50 years of British settlement in the Australian colonies. The event was more widely practiced in 1910 with celebrations held at Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. The outbreak of the First World War interrupted plans to celebrate Wattle Day nationally, but it served as a strong symbol of patriotism during the war, with the Red Cross using it to fundraise for the war effort. Purely Australian, the Golden Wattle is the national floral emblem, and a symbol of Australian identity.

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Image courtesy of gleneira.vic.gov.au
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Why? Golden Wattle Springfest
When: Sunday 28 August 2016 from 2pm to 4pm
Where: Box Cottage Museum, Joyce Park, 304 - 306 Jasper Rd, Ormond, VIC
Cost: $2 Adults, Children go free.
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