The Golden Wattle has long had a special place in the hearts of Australians, being the nation’s floral emblem since 1912.
Now, with National Wattle Day just around the corner, Cessnock Library will be holding a beguiling exhibition to celebrate all things Acacia Pycnantha.
Titled Wonderful Wattle, the colourful exhibition will explore the cultural and historical significance of the iconic flora, both locally and nationally.
There are myriad significant local history stories about Wattle Day celebrations in Cessnock, Kurri Kurri and Wollombi schools.
Students would eagerly take to the bush, collect wattle and crown a Wattle King and Queen.
In 1955, the first annual Cessnock Wattle Day ball was held in Lyceum Hall and was a great success, attracting almost 300 people.
Cessnock Mayor Bob Pynsent said that the upcoming exhibit, which also falls within History Week, was a great way to mark the end of winter.
“This timely wattle themed exhibition also marks the beginning of spring and there will be lots of glorious wattles coming into bloom throughout our local government area,” he said.
The Wonderful Wattle exhibition will be on at Cessnock Library from Saturday 1 September (Wattle Day) to Thursday 20 September.
For more information, phone the library on 4993 4399.
To find out more about Wattle Day, visit www.wattleday.asn.au.