Melbourne: Lothian Book Publishing Company, n.d. . First Edition, limited. 76pp + (4), 12 autochrome plates, marbled endpapers, gilt dentelles, green leather boards with sigle ruled gilt border and lettering in gilt. Signed on the limitation page by the author and Will J. Sowden, Federal and State President of the Wattle Day League. Sowden also wrote the preface. Spine mildly sunned, top corners slightly pressed towards each other. Item #771
Tullie Cornthwaite Wollaston was an opal dealer whose love for Australia’s natural beauty shone through his publications. Willie J. Sowden was a pugnacious federationist, newspaper editor and opinion maker. According to the Wikipedia article on the Wattle Day League it was, " formed on 13 September 1909 at the Elizabeth Street, Sydney headquarters of the Royal Society, with J. H. Maiden, director of the Sydney Botanic Gardens as president. Its purpose was to present to the various State governments a unified proposal for a national day on which to celebrate the wattle blossom. In 1910 the League settled on "Wattle Day" as 1 September, and approached Sowden to form a branch of the League in South Australia. Campbell and A. K. Warner founded a branch in Melbourne. It was taken up, and there were celebrations in 1910 in three state capital cities: Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, although the Melbourne event was a muted affair due to heavy rain. The day was significant in being the first organised demonstration on a definite day across a number of States ever witnessed in Australia." (accessed online 14/05/2019). This slim volume is poetic, practical and patriotic.