National colours of Australia
The national colours of Australia are green and gold. They were formally proclaimed by the Governor-General of Australia, Sir Ninian Stephen, on the 19th of April, 1984; on advice from the then Prime Minister Bob Hawke. The exact colours are specified as being Pantone Matching System numbers 348C and 116C, and are always referred to as "green and gold", respectively.
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Green and gold are the traditional team colours of Australian national sporting teams, and nearly every current Australian national sports team wears them (although the hues and proportions of the colours may vary between teams and across eras).
It is also largely accepted that the colours (green and gold) form part of the Australian identity through the sporting traditions of the country-like that of the heraldic colours of the Australian national flag. The colours have great significance, and their use has a prized place in the Australian spirit and mentality.
The colours are synonymous with Australian culture and Australians, characteristically, with its national sporting representative teams (by the notion that sport, in general, forms part of 'the Australian character').
Green and gold are together embodied on the Commonwealth Coat of Arms, the official symbol of the Australian government. Australia's coat of arms features the golden wattle, an ornate fixture to the sanctioned shield.
Prior to independence and subsequent Federation in 1901, Australia’s cricket team first wore the colours in 1899, expressed through the baggy green, the cap presented to Australian cricket players.
Perceptively, the colours are primarily linked with Australian sporting accomplishments and have fervent environmental relationships with many Australians. Gold is a reflection of Australia’s beaches, mineral affluence, arid shrub/scrublands and desert areas of the island-continent nation. Green represents the flora of its forests, eucalyptus leaves and meadowlands of the Australian countryside.
Teams that wear the green and gold include:
- the Australia national baseball team in the World Baseball Classic;
- the Australia cricket team (one day cricket and Twenty20 cricket);
- the Kangaroos (rugby league);
- the Diamonds (netball);
- the Socceroos (men's association football (soccer));
- the Matildas (women's association football (soccer));
- the Wallabies (rugby union);
- the Australian Summer Olympics team;
- the Boomers (men's basketball);
- the Opals (women's basketball);
- the Kookaburras (men's field hockey);
- the Hockeyroos (women's field hockey);
- the Mighty Roos (ice hockey);
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The first Australian national sporting team to wear green and gold was the Australian cricket team that toured England in 1899. Their clothes were the traditional white, but the captain Joe Darling arranged for green and gold caps and blazers to be worn for the opening match of the Ashes series. Previously, the team had had no uniform cap or blazer colours but wore an assortment of club or state colours. The Australian cricket team continued to use the colours thereafter, and in 1908 the colours were ratified as the official team colours for future Australian cricket teams. During subsequent discussions by members of the New South Wales Cricket Association, the colours were reportedly referred to as "gum-tree green" and "wattle-gold".
The Australasian Olympic team adopted "green and wattle" in 1908, but not every team played in the colours. In the 1912 Olympics, an official Australian uniform was adopted for the first time: green vests with gold trimming, and white shorts with green and gold trimming. The Australian national rugby league team first wore green and gold in 1928, with other teams following.
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