The History of Mother’s Day

There are more than six million mothers in Australia and between one and two billion mothers around the world caring for children and other people every day of the year.

On the 2nd Sunday in May, Australians will spend the day celebrating their mothers and other special women in their lives. Mother’s Day has long been a part of the Australian calendar.

In Australia, Mother’s Day wasn’t held until 1924, following the losses of World War I. Started by Sydney woman Janet Heyden after becoming concerned for the lonely, forgotten aged mothers at Newington State Hospital where she regularly visited a friend. She successfully campaigned for local schools and businesses to donate gifts to the ladies. She is credited with having started the tradition of giving gifts on Mother’s Day.

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