The kangaroo was one of the earliest Australian symbols adapted by Europeans. It features on the coat of arms, in the decorative arts, on currency and stamps, logos, in wartime imagery and as a mascot for sporting teams.
WWi, 27 Jan 1917; "France-Hatter to the Allies. The Adrian steel helmet, originated in France, has been adopted by the Belgians, Italians, Serbians, Russians, and Roumanians. All of these nations are supplied from the French factories. Each nation has a different badge stamped on the front, except Italy, which reveives the headgear perfectly plain." - The Queenslander Pictorial