History of Mother’s Day in Australia
It’s the day when sons and daughters across the land give a little back to the women who bore them, birthed them and raised them.
When Is Mother’s Day?
For decades now, the second Sunday in May has been set aside for Mums around Australia; but whilst you’re knocking up breakfast-in-bed, writing your card or arranging the flowers, consider the history of this noble national day.
How Old Is Mother’s Day?
Honouring Mums is far from a modern phenomenon, and mothers have been thanked for thousands of years. However, Official Mother’s Day in Australia was first marked in 1924, and the occasion was far from the celebration we know today, as we will see.
Where Did Mother’s Day Originate?
Mother’s Day first began in the US, following the American Civil War. In 1870, Julia Ward Howe (best known for writing ‘The Battle Hymn of the Republic’) wrote ‘The Appeal To Womanhood Throughout The World’, later known as ‘The Mother’s Day Proclamation’. This was a reaction to the Civil War, and wars in Europe, calling for peace, and for women to prevent their sons being taken as soldiers.
Howe’s proposal that a Mother’s Day For Peace be celebrated every year did not gain traction, until 1908, when another woman named Anne Marie Jarvis held a church service in honour of her mother. She campaigned for a day specifically to honour women, and was successful in 1914, when President Woodrow Wilson decreed that the second Sunday of May be devoted to American Mothers.
Who Started Mother’s Day In Australia?
A woman called Janet Heyden spearheaded efforts on these shores, initiating the tradition after visiting lonely and forgotten women in Newington State Hospital, Sydney. Many of these mothers had lost their sons and husbands to war, whilst other women had seen their hopes of becoming mothers disappear as a generation of young men were wiped out.
Why Do We Give Gifts and Cards On Mother’s Day?
During the early days, Heyden campaigned for local schools and businesses to write cards and donate gifts to the women, ensuring they had a day of remembrance. Of course, in contemporary times, we give gifts, hampers and cards to celebrate our mothers, and remember everything they have done for us.
Modern Mother’s Day
These days, Mother’s Day is much more of a maternal celebration. At Liquor Loot, we reckon one of the best ways to honour your mum is with a brand new (or an old favourite) bottle of gin! To help you out, we’ve picked out ten of the best for the big day...
A remarkable Aussie offering that brings magic to Mother’s Day. Ink Gin is infused with butterfly pea flower – just add tonic to watch this gin transform from deep blue to blush pink before your eyes! This gin is more than just a snazzy flourish; the recipe includes 13 organic botanicals, showcasing some Aussie natives. The result is a refreshing, lemonade-like spirit with peppery spice, piney juniper and balancing nuttiness.
We love this gin so much, we put it in our Best of Australia Pack, which also features in our specially curated Mother’s Day Hamper!
Alternatively, get your Mum a full bottle right here at Liquor Loot’s store.
Sweeten her day with this delicious Tasmanian offering from Forty Spotted. The gin is made by Hobart’s Lark distillery, of single malt whisky fame. This bottling is produced using Rooibos (red bush) tea, a range of native botanicals and, most importantly, Tasmanian honey. The final product is a sweet, floral gin with some bright juniper and a little pepperiness. It even comes in a fun bottle that can be presented either way up!
Pick up a bottle here!
A pretty-in-pink gin from one of our favourite Sydney distilleries, Poor Toms. This bottling takes the distillery’s signature Sydney Dry (which already includes Strawberry Gum Leaf as a botanical) and infuses it with fresh strawberries. It all makes for this super-fruity juice, which is perfect for a relaxing Mother’s Day.
You can grab this bottle right here at the Liquor Loot shop.
We couldn’t do a list of gins without including a classic London Dry from the city itself. Without Sipsmith, there’s a good chance the modern gin industry wouldn’t exist as it does today. The distillery actually managed to get British law changed, allowing their craft distilling revolution to flourish. The spirit itself is rich and intense with flavours of creamy juniper, citrus and pressed orange blossom. Celebrate your Mum’s integrity and commitment with a gin that encapsulates those qualities.
Buy Sipsmith London Dry Here.
This Mother’s Day, treat her to the best. This gin is one of the most awarded of the last 20 years, and no expense is spared in production. The spirit is distilled in the heart of England in a pot-still which is over 100 years old. It is then shipped all the way to Iceland, where it is blended with pure Icelandic volcanic water, for a precise and delicately flavoured final product, with a satin-like mouthfeel.
Buy Martin Miller’s Gin without going to Iceland here.
Another stellar offering from our Best of Australia pack. Found just round the corner from Liquor Loot HQ, Archie Rose makes its home in Alexandria. The distillery prides itself on attention to detail, with each of the botanicals processed in an individual and unique way to ensure total extraction of all the delicate and nuanced flavours. The end result? A gin packed with heaps of zesty citrus, sweet herbs and complex earthy spice.
Archie Rose Signature Dry is a cosmopolitan, sophisticated gin, for the cosmopolitan, sophisticated mothers out there. It features as one of the gins in our Hamper, and you can treat Mum to a full bottle here.
If you’ve ever caught up with your Mum over a glass of Aussie red, this is the gin for you (and her!)
Following in the footsteps of Four Pillars distillery, Seppeltsfield Road have produced a Shiraz infused gin that is a big, bold Barossa answer to Four Pillar’s cooler Yarra valley rendition. This gin serves up tonnes of juicy red fruit flavours, alongside traditional gin botanicals and a little warming cinnamon spice. Mulled wine for the hotter months? Almost!
Grab a bottle here.
A vibrant gin for the coffee-loving Mums out there. Fonzie Abbott is made in Brisbane, and grew out of a coffee roasting business with a commitment to creating the very best flavours. Fonzie Abbott brought the same principles to gin making, creating this delicious gin which offers flavours of jarrah eucalyptus, lime leaves and bursting juniper berries.
Pick up your own Jerry Can of this juice here.
We love their gin so much they had to go in twice. Another fantastic gin from the fine folks at Forty Spotted (also the people behind wonderful Lark whisky), this expression also features in our Best of Australia pack.
This bottling puts Aussie botanicals at its core, with Tasmanian Pepperberry providing much of the flavour. Some lifting citrus, bright juniper and sweet floral notes provide roundness and complexity.
Transport your Mum to the Tassie countryside with a full bottle of Forty Spotted here.
Hold the flowers this Mother’s Day and treat her to this delicious floral gin instead. Hernö distillery, which is located in Dala, Sweden, have revived this traditional Old English style of gin - which is sweeter and has added body. Hernö Old Tom Gin is inspired by the Swedish countryside, and the result is a well-rounded and approachable gin with a meadow-flower quality.
The label makes this one for the cat-lovers out there too! Enjoy the complete bouquet of Hernö Old Tom with a full bottle here.
Our Mother’s Day Hamper!
Okay, we’re cheating a little here, but you’ll forgive us for wanting to include our specially curated Mother’s Day Hamper.
The Hamper is the perfect gift for any gin-loving Mum, and is loaded with gifts to make her day. Not only does this package include our very own Best of Australia Pack, it also contains Australian-made garnishes, a scented candle, perfect-portion Fever-Tree tonic, and Gin Made Me Do It, a ginspirational book packed with cocktail ideas.
Shipping For Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day is always the second Sunday in May. Of course, you want to make sure your gifts will make it in time, so be sure to consult our estimated shipping time-frames below.
- Sydney 2-4 working days
- Melbourne 3-10 working days
- Brisbane 3-10 working days
- Adelaide 4-10 working days
- Perth 10-18 working days
- Hobart 5-10 working days
NB: these are typical time-frames only and are not guaranteed.