Category Archives: Western Victorian Christmas

A Simpler Time

An old photo album has a way of taking you back to a time when everything was simpler.  As life today gets busier, there are aspects of those times that would be welcome again.  Christmas is one of those.  Braving the shops near Christmas, I’m always amazed at the frenzy. The real meaning of Christmas is forgotten with the need to meet expectations or to compete with others high on shopper’s lists.

The following photos  take me back to a time when Christmas was simple and special.  It was around 1950 when Mum was a little girl living in Ballarat.  The first two photos are of my grandfather Bill Gamble and Mum at a special time, Christmas tree day.  Not a purple or blue tree, or a highly coiffed real tree, but one plucked from the side of the road, carefully selected to fill the home with Christmas joy.  While there was a plastic Christmas tree in my house while growing up,  I do remember similar pine Christmas trees we had a school, tall, often stooped and adorned with paper chains and lanterns.

My grandparents both rode bikes, their only form of transport then, and my grandfather had a nifty little trailer to go on the back, perfect for carting a Christmas tree…or taking a little girl for a ride.

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The following photos were taken in Hamilton at the home of Nana’s brother, Bill Hadden on either Christmas Day or Boxing Day the following year.  My grandparents lived in Ballarat, but their families lived in Hamilton.  Given the family didn’t have a car then, I asked Mum how they would have travelled to Hamilton.  She suspects they went by train.  How did the trike get to Hamilton, I asked?  She didn’t know…maybe Santa made a special delivery.  Of course, I had to ask how they got the trike back to Ballarat.  Again she didn’t know.  Now I’ve got her wondering.

This is Mum, with her cousin Norma and a special visitor.

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What more could little girls want for Christmas other than a trike or a pram and doll.

oooNow a photo from when I was growing up in the 1970s, not as uncomplicated as the days before television but it was still an unpretentious time.  The year was 1975 and the occasion was the annual Grade 2 Nativity play, a Christmas staple for those taught by Miss Coffey.  Not a fancy costume in sight, but rather tea towels and dressing gowns sufficed. (I was a shepherd).

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Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

While Christmas is the furthest thing from my mind at the moment, judging by the hits my Christmas posts have had in the past week, others are warming up to it.

Image Courtesy of the State Library of Victoria. John Etkins Collection. Image No. H2005.36/75 http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/73735

Image Courtesy of the State Library of Victoria. John Etkins Collection. Image No. H2005.36/75 http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/73735

During December 2011 and 2012, I compiled five Pioneer Christmas posts for the decades 1850-1890 and six Western District Christmas posts, 1900-1950. If you would like to know how your ancestors celebrated Christmas, check them out.  From the early decades of the Victorian Colony when the first settlers pined for a white Christmas while they sweltered through summer’s heat through to the 1950s when Christmas Day in Victoria was much as it is today.  In between, there were the struggles of two World Wars and a couple of Depressions.  During those times of austerity, the Christmas spirit still managed to shine through, albeit with some adjustments.

Honestly, I’m all Christmased out after the 11 Christmas posts I have written over two years.  This year, I can rest easy as I now know how my ancestors passed their Christmas Days.

Image Courtesy of State Library of Victoria.  Image No. H42790/19 http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/41584

Image Courtesy of State Library of Victoria. Image No. H42790/19 http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/41584


Christmas 1950s style

The 1950s began and Australian troops were overseas once again, in the Middle East, Malaya, Japan and Korea.   Those efforts, however did not have the same impact on the Australian way of life as  WW2 and to a slightly lesser extent, WW1.  Other happenings of the 1950s were the Melbourne Olympics, television arrived and there was a greater awareness of the U.S. culture.

The 1950s is the last decade that digitised newspapers are available at Trove so the articles do fade away toward the end of the decade, however I have supplemented Christmas 1958 and 1959 with another form of media.

Naval personnel were off Korea for Christmas 1950.  Families could send Christmas greetings by telegram.

Lodge telegrams early for Korea. (1950, December 13). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 3. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article23020826

Lodge telegrams early for Korea. (1950, December 13). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1956), p. 3. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article23020826

 

The Portland Guardian looked back at the origins of Christmas in 1950.

CHRISTMAS IS WITH US ONCE MORE. (1950, December 21). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 - 1953), p. 3 Edition: MIDDAY.. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64423565

CHRISTMAS IS WITH US ONCE MORE. (1950, December 21). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 – 1953), p. 3 Edition: MIDDAY.. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64423565

 

At Brimpaen, Father Christmas paid a visit to the local children.  There were toys, sweets, ice-creams and soft drinks.  Other celebrations were held in the area.

Christmas Toys For Children. (1950, December 22). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 7. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72763523

Christmas Toys For Children. (1950, December 22). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 7. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72763523

 

The Australian Women’s Weekly was a great source of inspiration when preparing Christmas dinner.

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Christmas Buffet. (1950, December 23). The Australian Women's Weekly (1933 - 1982), p. 38. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article47806519

Christmas Buffet. (1950, December 23). The Australian Women’s Weekly (1933 – 1982), p. 38. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article47806519

 

The Weekly also promoted “Buy Australian” in 1951 with some Australian made gift ideas.

AUSTRALIAN-MADE Christmas gifts. (1951, December 5). The Australian Women's Weekly (1933 - 1982), p. 38. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article47808540

AUSTRALIAN-MADE Christmas gifts. (1951, December 5). The Australian Women’s Weekly (1933 – 1982), p. 38. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article47808540

 

The charitable Miss Elsie Davis of Horsham ran a penny drive in Fibrace Street to raise money for the patients of the Wimmera Base Hospital.

CHRISTMAS TREAT PENNY DRIVE TODAY. (1951, December 21). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 5. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72798806

CHRISTMAS TREAT PENNY DRIVE TODAY. (1951, December 21). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 5. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72798806

 

Langlands of Horsham had a range of toys in stock for Christmas 1951.

Advertising. (1951, December 21). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72798775

Advertising. (1951, December 21). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 4. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72798775

 

Spending Christmas on the road over Christmas was a costly experience.

CHRISTMAS DINNER WAS A REAL LUXURY. (1952, January 17). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 - 1953), p. 3 Edition: MIDDAY. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64430580

CHRISTMAS DINNER WAS A REAL LUXURY. (1952, January 17). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 – 1953), p. 3 Edition: MIDDAY. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64430580

Christmas Mail For Service Personnel Abroad. (1952, November 14). Camperdown Chronicle (Vic. : 1877 - 1954), p. 7. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article24005182

Christmas Mail For Service Personnel Abroad. (1952, November 14). Camperdown Chronicle (Vic. : 1877 – 1954), p. 7. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article24005182

 

The Horsham Fire Brigade ran a Christmas tree and Santa arrived on the back of a truck.

FATHER CHRISTMAS ON FIRE BRIGADE. (1952, December 23). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72788126

FATHER CHRISTMAS ON FIRE BRIGADE. (1952, December 23). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 4. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72788126

 

Horsham shoppers planned ahead for Christmas 1952 and avoided the rush.  Sporting goods were popular gifts and one florist expected to sell 50 dozen bunches of gladioli in the two days leading up to Christmas.  More toys were  mechanised, leading to higher prices.

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SHOPPING RUSH NOT SO BAD THIS YEAR Many Doing Christmas Shopping Earlier. (1952, December 23). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72788030

SHOPPING RUSH NOT SO BAD THIS YEAR Many Doing Christmas Shopping Earlier. (1952, December 23). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 1. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72788030

CHRISTMAS DAY APPEAL. (1952, December 23). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 6. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72788113

CHRISTMAS DAY APPEAL. (1952, December 23). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 6. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72788113

 

Christmas Day, 1952 was hot in Horsham with a sweltering 97 degrees Fahrenheit (approx.  36 degrees Celsius)

Christmas Day Was 97 Degrees. (1952, December 30). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72788160

Christmas Day Was 97 Degrees. (1952, December 30). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 1. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72788160

 

Heywood held Carols by Candlelight on Christmas Eve, 1952 along with the screening of “two suitable moving films”.

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT. (1953, January 5). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 - 1953), p. 3 Edition: MIDDAY. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64433618

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT. (1953, January 5). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 – 1953), p. 3 Edition: MIDDAY. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64433618

 

Could this have been the beginning of the Christmas Club?  Which bank?

Advertising. (1953, September 25). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72772846

Advertising. (1953, September 25). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 2. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72772846

 

For 10/5/6, parents could by the latest model Steelcraft Tricycle for their child or a wigged doll for 50/9.

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Advertising. (1953, November 11). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 6. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72774828

Advertising. (1953, November 11). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 6. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72774828

 

The Australian Women’s Weekly has some home-made Christmas gift suggestions for 1953.

CHRISTMAS GIFTS. (1953, November 11). The Australian Women's Weekly (1933 - 1982), p. 38. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article47114408

CHRISTMAS GIFTS. (1953, November 11). The Australian Women’s Weekly (1933 – 1982), p. 38. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article47114408

Merry Christmas. (1953, December 2). The Australian Women's Weekly (1933 - 1982), p. 41. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article41080182

Merry Christmas. (1953, December 2). The Australian Women’s Weekly (1933 – 1982), p. 41. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article41080182

 

Corporal L.V. Eldridge of Horsham wrote a letter from Korea to the “Horsham Times” with Christmas Greetings for Horsham and district residents.

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Soldier Sends Christmas Greetings From Korea. (1953, December 18). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72776493

Soldier Sends Christmas Greetings From Korea. (1953, December 18). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 1. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72776493

 

Fibrace Street, Horsham was decorated with bunting and tinsel for Christmas 1953.  The toys were in abundance on the shop shelves and shoppers found they didn’t have to “pay exorbitant prices for fragile junk in the way of toys”  Interesting, plastics were the “big thing of the day”.  Given time and shoppers were bound to find that the fragile junk of the past was nothing compared to what plastic delivered.

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SHOPS READY. (1953, December 18). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72776491

SHOPS READY. (1953, December 18). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 1. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72776491

 

The Horsham Apex club decorated a “dinkum” Christmas tree (a Norfolk pine) in the Botanic Garden for their Christmas treat for the children of Horsham.

Apex Has "Dinkum" Christmas Tree. (1954, December 17). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74796148

Apex Has “Dinkum” Christmas Tree. (1954, December 17). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 2. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74796148

Advertising. (1954, December 17). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74796169

Advertising. (1954, December 17). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 2. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74796169

 

Christmas 1954 was profitable for Horsham traders.

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Christmas Rush Was Profitable. (1954, December 31). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74796586

Christmas Rush Was Profitable. (1954, December 31). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 1. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74796586

 

Variations on the Christmas tree were beginning to emerge.  I think we can blame plastic for that.

CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS. (1955, December 14). The Australian Women's Weekly (1933 - 1982), p. 57. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article48072072

CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS. (1955, December 14). The Australian Women’s Weekly (1933 – 1982), p. 57. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article48072072

 

The 1950s were the height of the baby boom and Melbourne maternity hospitals were expecting a Christmas rush of babies.

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THERE'LL BE SCORES OF CHRISTMAS BABES JOY FOR SOME —AND TEARS. (1955, December 21). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 3. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71787632

THERE’LL BE SCORES OF CHRISTMAS BABES JOY FOR SOME —AND TEARS. (1955, December 21). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1956), p. 3. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71787632

 

Troops in Japan, Malaya and Korea were given a Christmas treat.

THERE'LL BE SCORES OF CHRISTMAS BABES JOY FOR SOME —AND TEARS. (1955, December 21). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 3. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71787632

THERE’LL BE SCORES OF CHRISTMAS BABES JOY FOR SOME —AND TEARS. (1955, December 21). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1956), p. 3. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71787632

 

Melbournians almost forgot Christmas 1956 due to the hype of the Olympic games in September that year.

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CHRISTMAS GIFTS. (1956, November 28). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 9. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71768469

CHRISTMAS GIFTS. (1956, November 28). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1956), p. 9. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71768469

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We're all too busy with the Games FATHER CHRISTMAS IS FORGOTTEN. (1956, November 27). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 9. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71768234

We’re all too busy with the Games FATHER CHRISTMAS IS FORGOTTEN. (1956, November 27). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1956), p. 9. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71768234

 

Signs of the American culture filtering into the Australian psyche were evident with this Dennis the Menace cartoon from 1956 an example.

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DENNIS THE MENACE. (1956, December 27). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1956), p. 7. Retrieved December 23, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71773325

 

The 1950s also meant Elvis and the Argus shared a photo of Presley’s Christmas gift giving with his parents and Vegas chorus girls, Dorothy Harmony,

PRESENTS FOR PRESLEY... (1957, January 2). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 2. Retrieved December 23, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71774164

PRESENTS FOR PRESLEY… (1957, January 2). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1956), p. 2. Retrieved December 23, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71774164

 

Ballarat pensioners were not forgotten over Christmas 1956.

They had a Xmas treat. (1957, January 5). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 7. Retrieved December 23, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71774826

They had a Xmas treat. (1957, January 5). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1956), p. 7. Retrieved December 23, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71774826

 

The photo in the next article is difficult to see but it is from Penang with “burly” Company Sergent Major J. O’Sullivan, dressed as Santa, entertaining the children of Australian soldiers stationed there.

 

SANTA CLAUS IN MALAYA. (1957, December 24). The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995), p. 5. Retrieved December 23, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article91253618

SANTA CLAUS IN MALAYA. (1957, December 24). The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 – 1995), p. 5. Retrieved December 23, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article91253618

 

The papers ran out but I was able to find the following from Film Australia about Christmas 1958 from bush to beach.

 

With the arrival of television, Christmas advertisements were able to come to life.


Christmas 1940s style

Christmas during wartime 1940s was bleak especially when Japan entered as National security and economic precautions came into force.  Still, there were many eager volunteers to make sure that Christmas was cheery for all, even the Australians  fighting overseas.

Preparations for Christmas 1940 started early, as volunteers packed parcels bound for overseas troops.

3HA CLUB. (1940, August 29). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 - 1953), p. 3 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 18, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64397250

3HA CLUB. (1940, August 29). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 – 1953), p. 3 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 18, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64397250

Over 800 people attended a pantomime “A Year in the Navy” at the Horsham Town Hall.

SUCCESSFUL CHRISTMAS PANTOMIME. (1940, December 20). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved December 18, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73155556

SUCCESSFUL CHRISTMAS PANTOMIME. (1940, December 20). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 2. Retrieved December 18, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73155556

The Australian Women’s Weekly issue of December 21, 1940 featured a fancy Christmas dinner menu.

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CHRISTMAS DINNER. (1940, December 21). The Australian Women's Weekly (1933 - 1982), p. 37 Section: The Homemaker. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article47244840

CHRISTMAS DINNER. (1940, December 21). The Australian Women’s Weekly (1933 – 1982), p. 37 Section: The Homemaker. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article47244840

Noradjuha school children received a treat with a visit from Father Christmas after their Christmas concert performance.

NORADJUHA. (1940, December 24). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved December 18, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73155694

NORADJUHA. (1940, December 24). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 4. Retrieved December 18, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73155694

The message of “Peace on Earth” returned to the newspapers.

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The Christmas Message. (1940, December 24). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 8. Retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73155682

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WW2 saw the return of Christmas hampers and in August 1941 volunteers were again donating goods, baking puddings or packing.  Simple items were in the hampers but a soldier in the trenches would have been grateful for a tin of fruit salad on Christmas day.

 

GOODS TO GO IN CHRISTMAS HAMPERS. (1941, August 26). Camperdown Chronicle (Vic. : 1877 - 1954), p. 3. Retrieved December 18, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article26547914

GOODS TO GO IN CHRISTMAS HAMPERS. (1941, August 26). Camperdown Chronicle (Vic. : 1877 – 1954), p. 3. Retrieved December 18, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article26547914

Miss Harrison’s shop in Camperdown displayed hampers packed ready for dispatch.

CHRISTMAS HAMPERS FOR OVERSEAS MEN. (1941, September 2). Camperdown Chronicle (Vic. : 1877 - 1954), p. 3. Retrieved December 18, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article26548028

CHRISTMAS HAMPERS FOR OVERSEAS MEN. (1941, September 2). Camperdown Chronicle (Vic. : 1877 – 1954), p. 3. Retrieved December 18, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article26548028

An initiative of the State branch of the Returned Soldiers League saw  Horsham children that had fathers fighting overseas, receive a Christmas party in 1941.  A nice touch was that each father received a letter to tell them of their children’s treat.

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CHRISTMAS PARTY FOR DIGGERS’ CHILDREN. (1941, October 3). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 2. Retrieved December 18, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72696036

The Federal Treasure urged employers to give their staff War savings certificates or stamps for Christmas 1941 to support the war effort.

WAR SAVINGS CERTIFICATES AS CHRISTMAS GIFTS. (1941, November 25). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved December 18, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72697527

WAR SAVINGS CERTIFICATES AS CHRISTMAS GIFTS. (1941, November 25). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 2. Retrieved December 18, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72697527

The Williamstown Chronicle of December 19, 1941 said “Merry Christmas” to one and all.

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Christmas !. (1941, December 19). Williamstown Chronicle (Vic. : 1856 - 1954), p. 2 Supplement: Greetings Our Christmas Supplement. Retrieved December 18, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article70713662

Christmas !. (1941, December 19). Williamstown Chronicle (Vic. : 1856 – 1954), p. 2 Supplement: Greetings Our Christmas Supplement. Retrieved December 18, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article70713662

Parents had to choose between peaceful toys and war  toys in 1941.  Tanks, submarines and planes increased in number on the toy shop shelves and hats, balls and drums carried patriotic logos.

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Toyland is Divided Over War and Peace. (1941, December 19). Williamstown Chronicle (Vic. : 1856 - 1954), p. 2 Supplement: Greetings Our Christmas Supplement. Retrieved December 18, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article70713661

Toyland is Divided Over War and Peace. (1941, December 19). Williamstown Chronicle (Vic. : 1856 – 1954), p. 2 Supplement: Greetings Our Christmas Supplement. Retrieved December 18, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article70713661

Mother always considers Dad’s interests when buying a gift, such as golf clubs or fishing rods, but does Dad think that she may also like a hobby.  Don’t blow the budget though!

GIVE MOTHER A GIFT THAT WILL AID HER HOBBY. (1941, December 19). Williamstown Chronicle (Vic. : 1856 - 1954), p. 2 Supplement: Greetings Our Christmas Supplement. Retrieved December 18, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article70713714

GIVE MOTHER A GIFT THAT WILL AID HER HOBBY. (1941, December 19). Williamstown Chronicle (Vic. : 1856 – 1954), p. 2 Supplement: Greetings Our Christmas Supplement. Retrieved December 18, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article70713714

Wartime saw a raft of new regulations imposed on citizens and Christmas was not exempt.

SHORT HOLIDAY PERIOD OVER CHRISTMAS. (1941, December 19). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved December 18, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72698208

SHORT HOLIDAY PERIOD OVER CHRISTMAS. (1941, December 19). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 1. Retrieved December 18, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72698208

Jack Watts of Horsham,  stationed in Malaya over Christmas 1941 wrote home of his Christmas experience.   The nurses of the AIF held an entertaining cocktail party.

CHRISTMAS DINNER ENJOYí. (1942, January 16). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 3. Retrieved December 18, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72698798

CHRISTMAS DINNER ENJOYí. (1942, January 16). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 3. Retrieved December 18, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72698798

The work of the Red Cross was often reported on during the 1940s.  On this occasion, they were sending 72,000 Christmas boxes to British prisoners across Europe.

CHRISTMAS PUDDINGS TO GERMANY. (1942, January 20). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72698955

CHRISTMAS PUDDINGS TO GERMANY. (1942, January 20). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 2. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72698955

Private T.M. Holmes of Gorae had a welcome break from stew and rice for Christmas 1941, spent in the Middle East.  A dinner of ham, turkey and plum duff was served by officers while the rank and file gave orders.

Les Hutchins spent Christmas in a hospital in Palestine and was grateful for his Red Cross parcel and the work of the nursing sisters to make sure Christmas for the patients was as happy as possible.

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LETTER FROM OVERSEAS. (1942, February 2). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 - 1953), p. 3 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64378749

LETTER FROM OVERSEAS. (1942, February 2). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 – 1953), p. 3 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64378749

Christmas 1942,  and attention had moved from Europe and the Middle East to closer to home.  Troops were in New Guinea and family could send mail until November 15

Christmas Mail for New Guinea. (1942, November 16). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 - 1953), p. 4 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64382762

Christmas Mail for New Guinea. (1942, November 16). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 – 1953), p. 4 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64382762

New restrictions were in place  during 1942 and again Christmas was under the spotlight.   Santa was given the year off.

ADVERTISING RESTRICTIONS. (1942, November 16). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 - 1953), p. 2 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64382744

ADVERTISING RESTRICTIONS. (1942, November 16). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 – 1953), p. 2 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64382744

Printers kept a keen eye out for Christmas terms on their print jobs out of  fear of a £100 fine and/or six months imprisonment.

PRINTER'S PITFALLS. (1942, November 26). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 - 1953), p. 4 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64382890

PRINTER’S PITFALLS. (1942, November 26). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 – 1953), p. 4 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64382890

Advertisements were strictly censored as were motion pictures, signs, leaflets,  hoardings and more.

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING. (1942, November 27). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72706611

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING. (1942, November 27). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 2. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72706611

Traders were not allowed to employ staff specifically for Christmas trade but boys and girls could be used to free up the adult workforce for war related work.

CHRISTMAS TRADE. (1942, December 7). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 - 1953), p. 3 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64383060

CHRISTMAS TRADE. (1942, December 7). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 – 1953), p. 3 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64383060

Many would have been thankful for the double Christmas tea issue of 1942.

CHRISTMAS TEA ISSUE. (1942, December 15). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72706817

CHRISTMAS TEA ISSUE. (1942, December 15). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 2. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72706817

If Australian residents did not know what austerity was before WW2, they sure did by the end.  The country tightened its belt.  Not only that, a shortage of toys, sweets and books limited shopping. Shoppers opted for practical gifts,  ties and handkerchiefs.

HORSHAM'S AUSTERITY CHRISTMAS. (1943, January 1). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73103254

HORSHAM’S AUSTERITY CHRISTMAS. (1943, January 1). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 2. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73103254

Private Alfred Mitchell, formerly of Horsham, wrote a letter of thanks to Mr Crouch of Murtoa for the hamper he donated for Christmas 1942.  Alf. received  goodies including a tin of cream, dried fruit cake, tooth paste, chocolate, tobacco and kool mints.

As was the norm, Alf and the other members of his unit gave their puddings to the cooks to heat.

Christmas Hamper Appreciated. (1943, February 2). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73103694

Christmas Hamper Appreciated. (1943, February 2). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 1. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73103694

At the Horsham Methodist Church during December 1943, the congregation enjoyed the story of the nativity,  prayers for the King, Prime Minister and Winston Churchill and hymns.  The evening finished with a solo of “O Holy Night” by Mrs Wallace.   Christmas lilies, white gladioli, ivy and cyprus decorated the church.

Similar evenings were held at the St John’s Church of England and St Andrew’s Presbyterian church, also in Horsham.

CHRISTMAS MUSIC IN CHURCHES. (1943, December 21). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73108233

CHRISTMAS MUSIC IN CHURCHES. (1943, December 21). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 2. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73108233

The Australian Comforts Fund packed over 400,000 hampers for New Guinea and beyond during Christmas 1943.

Christmas Hampers for Troops. (1943, December 20). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 - 1953), p. 4 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64387758

Christmas Hampers for Troops. (1943, December 20). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 – 1953), p. 4 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64387758

 

Christmas 1944 saw a promise of better toys.  Limited materials and labour had reduced the quality during the war period.

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Christmas Toys may Improve. (1944, August 25). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 8. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11358186

Christmas Toys may Improve. (1944, August 25). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1956), p. 8. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11358186

 

Portland people were getting behind the Lord Mayor’s appeal to send toys to Britain for Christmas 1944.

TOYS FOR BRITAIN. (1944, September 25). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 - 1953), p. 2 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64390532

TOYS FOR BRITAIN. (1944, September 25). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 – 1953), p. 2 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64390532

 

Cecile Besnard of Olinda won first prize in the 1944 Argus plum pudding recipe contest with a Creole Coffee pudding

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New Christmas Pudding Idea. (1944, November 21). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 9. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11371169

New Christmas Pudding Idea. (1944, November 21). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1956), p. 9. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11371169

Christmas Decorations. (1944, December 19). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 10. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11375480

Christmas Decorations. (1944, December 19). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1956), p. 10. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11375480

 

Despite the Japanese surrender, Christmas hampers were still in great demand for Christmas 1945.

Christmas Hampers. (1945, September 17). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 - 1953), p. 1 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64405473

Christmas Hampers. (1945, September 17). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 – 1953), p. 1 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64405473

Children that could not remember a Christmas before the war looked forward to celebrating a “real” Christmas in 1945.  Santa was back and made in-store appearances.  Sadly the toys were still inferior and the dolls thought ugly enough to scare little girls.

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Children To Have Real Christmas. (1945, November 14). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 10. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12153002

Children To Have Real Christmas. (1945, November 14). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1956), p. 10. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12153002

Gift suggestion articles were back as retailers got back into the swing of Christmas trading.  Dad could expect a brush, socks or even a wool dressing gown worth 44/6 and 8 coupons.  If mum was a smoker, maybe a lipstick shaped lighter or for something different, why not a shower curtain?

Give Them for Christmas—. (1945, December 11). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 7. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12157846

Give Them for Christmas—. (1945, December 11). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1956), p. 7. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12157846

Gas was in short supply in 1945 as was poultry and ham.  On the bright side dried fruits, almonds and holly sprigs were back.

CHRISTMAS PROBLEMS FOR THE HOUSEWIFE. (1945, December 19). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 12. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12159361

CHRISTMAS PROBLEMS FOR THE HOUSEWIFE. (1945, December 19). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1956), p. 12. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12159361

After years of penny-pinching and low-key Christmas days,  shoppers were out in force in 1945.

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PEOPLE BUYING HEAVILY FOR CHRISTMAS. (1945, December 21). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 3. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12159834

PEOPLE BUYING HEAVILY FOR CHRISTMAS. (1945, December 21). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1956), p. 3. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12159834

Toys were plentiful, but English mechanical toys were in limited supply and beach toys were unobtainable.

CHRISTMAS TOYS PLENTIFUL. (1946, October 25). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 18. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article22390326

CHRISTMAS TOYS PLENTIFUL. (1946, October 25). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1956), p. 18. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article22390326

Carols By candlelight was growing in popularity, so the Horsham City Council decided to introduce their own for Christmas 1946.  May Park was the proposed venue.

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT. (1946, December 10). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 3. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73080615

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT. (1946, December 10). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 3. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73080615

POULTRY SALES. (1946, December 16). Camperdown Chronicle (Vic. : 1877 - 1954), p. 4 Edition: Afternoons.. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article65438306

POULTRY SALES. (1946, December 16). Camperdown Chronicle (Vic. : 1877 – 1954), p. 4 Edition: Afternoons.. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article65438306

Christmas was brighter in Australia, but in Britain the situation was still grim.  Gifts of food could be left at the Camperdown branch of the Red Cross in Manifold Street.

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Christmas Food For Britain. (1947, December 15). Camperdown Chronicle (Vic. : 1877 - 1954), p. 1 Edition: Afternoons.. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article65243667

Christmas Food For Britain. (1947, December 15). Camperdown Chronicle (Vic. : 1877 – 1954), p. 1 Edition: Afternoons.. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article65243667

Was this the beginning of what used to be almost annual event?  Brewery workers went on strike just before Christmas 1947.

CHRISTMAS BEER HOW ASSURED. (1947, December 20). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 1. Retrieved December 20, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article22529758

CHRISTMAS BEER HOW ASSURED. (1947, December 20). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1956), p. 1. Retrieved December 20, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article22529758

The Red Cross provided transport for patients at the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital to return home for Christmas 1947.  Trucks, cars and ambulances drove patients to towns such as Dunkeld, Port Fairy, Colac and Terang.

AT HOME FOR CHRISTMAS. (1948, January 20). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 8. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73087674

AT HOME FOR CHRISTMAS. (1948, January 20). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 8. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73087674

The Australian Women’s Weekly had personal gift giving ideas and a new cook book offer in their December 4, 1948 issue.

Our cookery book will make a wonderful Christmas gift. (1948, December 4). The Australian Women's Weekly (1933 - 1982), p. 34. Retrieved December 20, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article51389595

Our cookery book will make a wonderful Christmas gift. (1948, December 4). The Australian Women’s Weekly (1933 – 1982), p. 34. Retrieved December 20, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article51389595

DIGGER DOINGS. (1948, December 31). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 5. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73093199

DIGGER DOINGS. (1948, December 31). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 5. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73093199

Father Christmas arrived on a bike for the Portland Kindergarten play-group Christmas party.

CHRISTMAS TREE. (1949, January 20). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 - 1953), p. 2 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64417285

CHRISTMAS TREE. (1949, January 20). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 – 1953), p. 2 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64417285

Radio 3HA ran a hospital appeal on Christmas day 1948 and due to its success, repeated it in 1949.

Xmas Radio Appeal for Hospitals. (1949, December 1). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 - 1953), p. 4 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 20, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64420168

Xmas Radio Appeal for Hospitals. (1949, December 1). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 – 1953), p. 4 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 20, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64420168

December.  What a month!

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Editorial. (1949, December 3). The Australian Women's Weekly (1933 - 1982), p. 18. Retrieved December 20, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article51594508

Editorial. (1949, December 3). The Australian Women’s Weekly (1933 – 1982), p. 18. Retrieved December 20, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article51594508

The December 17,  1949 issue of the Australian Women’s Weekly had recipes for Almond Snowballs and Chocolate date log and Christmas table presentation ideas.

Christmas. (1949, December 17). The Australian Women's Weekly (1933 - 1982), p. 53. Retrieved December 20, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article51600533

Christmas. (1949, December 17). The Australian Women’s Weekly (1933 – 1982), p. 53. Retrieved December 20, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article51600533

 

The Argus also had Christmas table hints and a recipe for Rabbit pâté.

Your Christmas Table. (1949, December 20). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 4 Supplement: The Argus Woman's Magazine. Retrieved December 20, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article22799645

Your Christmas Table. (1949, December 20). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1956), p. 4 Supplement: The Argus Woman’s Magazine. Retrieved December 20, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article22799645

 

Horsham traders were not experiencing a Christmas rush in 1949 and cooler weather had slowed the sale of summer clothing.  Barnetts, however, saw a rush on that ever popular Christmas gift, handkerchiefs.  Men’s dressing gowns were also selling well.

NO CHRISTMAS BUYING RUSH BUT TRADING IS STEADY. (1949, December 23). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 7. Retrieved December 20, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73103040

NO CHRISTMAS BUYING RUSH BUT TRADING IS STEADY. (1949, December 23). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 7. Retrieved December 20, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73103040


Christmas 1930s style

Christmas in the 1930s was tough as the Depression set in but the goodwill shown by those more fortunate helped make the day a little happier for those who had nothing.

Fewer advertisements for Christmas gifts was obvious but by the middle of the decade there was something new to advertise, electrical products.  By the end of the decade, Australians realised that the war to end all wars, the Great War, was not the end.  The big message to shoppers throughout the 1930s, a follow on from the 1920s, was to “Buy Australian”.  At least they still had the choice then.

The Victorian Dried Fruits Board came up with this recipe and more were in their free cook book.

Christmas Cake. (1930, November 28). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 12. Retrieved December 15, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72647907

What a nice touch from the Portland Guardian editor for Christmas 1930 as he reminds us not to forget “our brothers the animals” at Christmas.  Now what’s for dinner?

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Christmas. (1930, December 24). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 - 1953), p. 2 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 16, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64294022

Christmas. (1930, December 24). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 – 1953), p. 2 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 16, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64294022

Mrs.  S. Roy Champness generously provided a three-course meal for the unemployed men finding themselves in Kaniva on Christmas Day 1930.  Seven “tramps” had a better Christmas day thanks to Mrs Champness, while in Portland 26 unemployed men ate dinner in the rather unsettling surrounds of the old goal buildings, with the overseer of proceedings, the senior constable of police.  Any wonder he reported the men were “decent and well-behaved”

CHRISTMAS DINNER FOR UNEMPLOYED. (1931, January 16). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved December 15, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72628871

CHRISTMAS DINNER FOR UNEMPLOYED. (1931, January 16). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 4. Retrieved December 15, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72628871

The State Relief Committee were calling on all housewives of Victorian to contribute to the making of 10,000 Christmas puddings for Christmas 1931.  Others providing aid to feed the unemployed and their dependents were merchants, farmers and manufacturers.

Wanted.—10,000 Xmas Puddings. (1931, November 16). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 - 1953), p. 2 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 15, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64296734

Wanted.—10,000 Xmas Puddings. (1931, November 16). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 – 1953), p. 2 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 15, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64296734

A “Mother Hubbard Cupboard” was placed in Horsham’s Firebrace Street in the week leading up to Christmas Day 1931.  Non-perishable goods could be put on the shelves, but on December 24, poultry and other perishables could be added.

"MOTHER HUBBARD CUPBOARD" CHRISTMAS CHEER. (1931, December 11). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved December 15, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72654972

“MOTHER HUBBARD CUPBOARD” CHRISTMAS CHEER. (1931, December 11). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 2. Retrieved December 15, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72654972

Horsham shops were adorned with cyprus greenery and bunting for Christmas 1931.  Good weather gave shoppers a feeling of bright times ahead.

THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT IN TOWN. (1931, December 25). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved December 15, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72655454

THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT IN TOWN. (1931, December 25). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 2. Retrieved December 15, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72655454

Guesstimates in 1932 put the annual Christmas shop at over £1,000,000.  The Portland Guardian considered the effect this would have on Australia’s prospects if all that money was spent on Australian made goods.  Another guesstimate suggested this would generate £250,000 of wages and thus stimulate the economy.

JOBS & CHRISTMAS BOXES. (1932, December 8). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 - 1953), p. 2 Edition: EVENING.. Retrieved December 15, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64299947

JOBS & CHRISTMAS BOXES. (1932, December 8). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 - 1953), p. 2 Edition: EVENING.. Retrieved December 15, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64299947

JOBS & CHRISTMAS BOXES. (1932, December 8). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 – 1953), p. 2 Edition: EVENING.. Retrieved December 15, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64299947

A trip to the pictures over the Christmas period became more popular during the 1930s.

Christmas Talkie Attractions. (1932, December 19). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 - 1953), p. 2 Edition: EVENING.. Retrieved December 15, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64300056

Christmas Talkie Attractions. (1932, December 19). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 – 1953), p. 2 Edition: EVENING.. Retrieved December 15, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64300056

Hopes were up for some old-time Christmas spirit for 1933.  Money was beginning to circulate more than it had in the two years before.  The banks received £30,000 of coins from the Treasury for Christmas 1933, for the purpose of change, while in 1932, the amount required was only £10,000.

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A Merrier Christmas. (1933, December 1). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved December 15, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72577244

A Merrier Christmas. (1933, December 1). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 4. Retrieved December 15, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72577244

Buying for the man of the house is not an easy task any Christmas.  In 1933, wives were advised to “Please Him,  Not Only Yourself”.  Obviously written by a male and one with considerable tastes too.  It was suggested that a subscription to a magazine such as “National Geographic” would be appealing to a husband, but stay away from the “Vogue” and “Harper’s Bazaar“.

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CHRISTMAS GIFTS and GIVING. (1933, December 8). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 13. Retrieved December 15, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11718687

CHRISTMAS GIFTS and GIVING. (1933, December 8). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1956), p. 13. Retrieved December 15, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11718687

Campbell’s Cash Store also had gift suggestions for men including Fuji Tennis shirts and boxed suspenders.

CAMPBELL'S CASH STORE. (1933, December 18). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 - 1953), p. 2 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 15, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64284389

CAMPBELL’S CASH STORE. (1933, December 18). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 – 1953), p. 2 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 15, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64284389

Another call for “Buy Australian” and possibly a more accurate guesstimate from the Commonwealth statistician regarding the annual Christmas spend.

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CHRISTMAS GIFTS. (1934, December 6). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 - 1953), p. 3 Edition: EVENING.. Retrieved December 15, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64287561

CHRISTMAS GIFTS. (1934, December 6). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 – 1953), p. 3 Edition: EVENING.. Retrieved December 15, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64287561

The trend of dieting was taking off in 1934, but girls, forget it at Christmas.

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CHRISTMAS DISHES. (1934, December 6). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 - 1953), p. 3 Edition: EVENING.. Retrieved December 15, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64287556

CHRISTMAS DISHES. (1934, December 6). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 – 1953), p. 3 Edition: EVENING.. Retrieved December 15, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64287556

Buy Australian first, Empire goods second.

Australian Made Gifts and Toys. (1934, December 20). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 - 1953), p. 2 Edition: EVENING.. Retrieved December 15, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64287698

Australian Made Gifts and Toys. (1934, December 20). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 – 1953), p. 2 Edition: EVENING.. Retrieved December 15, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64287698

Hams were scarce in 1935 after 1000 overcooked in a factory fire at Dandenong.

CHRISTMAS HAMS BURNT. (1935, December 10). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved December 15, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article75239494

CHRISTMAS HAMS BURNT. (1935, December 10). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 2. Retrieved December 15, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article75239494

Camperdown’s famous clock tower was lit up for Christmas 1935.  Christmas Eve plans in the town included the arrival of Santa at 7pm and amplified music broadcast from the Amalgamated Wireless Australia Ltd.  At 10pm, dance music would be played in Manifold Street.

CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIES. (1935, December 17). Camperdown Chronicle (Vic. : 1877 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved December 16, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article32177037

CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIES. (1935, December 17). Camperdown Chronicle (Vic. : 1877 – 1954), p. 2. Retrieved December 16, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article32177037

In 1935 at Cobden, Santa arrived at a golf course in a car to meet with children from the Cobden School.  Times sure were changing.

COBDEN. (1935, December 28). Camperdown Chronicle (Vic. : 1877 - 1954), p. 7. Retrieved December 16, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article32177289

COBDEN. (1935, December 28). Camperdown Chronicle (Vic. : 1877 – 1954), p. 7. Retrieved December 16, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article32177289

The well known Hedditch family of Bridgewater ate Christmas dinner at the same table the family had celebrated around for the previous 90 years.  Those at the table in 1935 included the fifth generation of Hedditchs to do so.

PERSONAL NOTES. (1936, January 6). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 - 1953), p. 2 Edition: EVENING.. Retrieved December 16, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64271313

PERSONAL NOTES. (1936, January 6). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 – 1953), p. 2 Edition: EVENING.. Retrieved December 16, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64271313

Electrical appliances boosted advertising during Christmas 1936.  This article comes from a double page feature in the Argus of December 4, promoting various brands of electrical products including Hecla  kettles.  There was also a message from the State Electrical Commission, remember them, recommending electrical products as a  Christmas gift.

Advertising. (1936, December 4). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 15. Retrieved December 16, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11943599

Advertising. (1936, December 4). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1956), p. 15. Retrieved December 16, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11943599

Even the geese were thinking about the merits of dieting in 1936!

CHRISTMAS IS COMING!. (1936, December 5). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 18. Retrieved December 16, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11944520

CHRISTMAS IS COMING!. (1936, December 5). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1956), p. 18. Retrieved December 16, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11944520

Greeting telegrams returned that year.

Christmas Greetings by Telegraph. (1936, December 7). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 - 1953), p. 2 Edition: EVENING.. Retrieved December 15, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64274441

Christmas Greetings by Telegraph. (1936, December 7). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 – 1953), p. 2 Edition: EVENING.. Retrieved December 15, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64274441

The giving of plants at Christmas was beginning to take off in 1937 and J.W. Robinson from the Ormond Plant Farm had some suggestions.

Gardening Column. (1937, December 20). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 - 1953), p. 4 Edition: EVENING.. Retrieved December 15, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64277874

Gardening Column. (1937, December 20). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 – 1953), p. 4 Edition: EVENING.. Retrieved December 15, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64277874

Prosperity was beginning to return to Australia and 1937 was one of the best seen for many years.  There had been a recent decline in wool and wheat prices but things were still looking promising.  As Australian manufacturing grew, more Australian goods were being consumed than ever before.  Apparently in the past Australians were ashamed to give an Australian made Christmas gifts, but with a growing pride in the quality of product being produced, that was changing.

Christmas, 1937. (1937, December 23). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 - 1953), p. 2 Edition: EVENING.. Retrieved December 15, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64277899

Christmas, 1937. (1937, December 23). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 – 1953), p. 2 Edition: EVENING.. Retrieved December 15, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64277899

The Government were offering some Christmas cheer in 1938.

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CHRISTMAS SUSTENANCE SPECIAL ISSUE TO FAMILIES. (1938, December 2). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved December 15, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73186034

CHRISTMAS SUSTENANCE SPECIAL ISSUE TO FAMILIES. (1938, December 2). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 4. Retrieved December 15, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73186034

The Horsham Times considered the history of Christmas.

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The Horsham Times. (1938, December 23). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved December 15, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73186642

The Horsham Times. (1938, December 23). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 4. Retrieved December 15, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73186642

Someone or something stole Mr L. Harvey’s turkey the week before Christmas, 1938.

THE CHRISTMAS DINNER THAT VANISHED. (1938, December 23). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved December 15, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73186705

THE CHRISTMAS DINNER THAT VANISHED. (1938, December 23). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 4. Retrieved December 15, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73186705

Christmas 1939 arrived and so had WW2.  It was the first of six Christmases Australians would celebrate while troops were fighting.

An interesting scheme in Victoria was given the go ahead to continue despite the war.  Gifts of Victorian produce could be bought from the Department of Agriculture which would then be sent overseas to British recipients.  Produce included tinned fruit and sultanas.

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CHRISTMAS GIFTS. (1939, October 23). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 - 1953), p. 3 Edition: EVENING.. Retrieved December 15, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64394241

CHRISTMAS GIFTS. (1939, October 23). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 – 1953), p. 3 Edition: EVENING.. Retrieved December 15, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64394241
Posting of Christmas Cards. (1939, November 30). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 - 1953), p. 2 Edition: EVENING.. Retrieved December 15, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64394633

Posting of Christmas Cards. (1939, November 30). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 – 1953), p. 2 Edition: EVENING.. Retrieved December 15, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64394633

If you couldn’t afford a Christmas ham in 1939, you could always try to catch one at the Horsham Christmas Angling Competition.

angling. (1939, December 8). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 6. Retrieved December 15, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73144147

angling. (1939, December 8). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 6. Retrieved December 15, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73144147

Fifty children from the Narrawong district enjoyed a visit from Santa and gifts from a Christmas Tree.

Christmas Tree at Narrawong. (1939, December 18). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 - 1953), p. 2 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 15, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64394794

Christmas Tree at Narrawong. (1939, December 18). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 – 1953), p. 2 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 15, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64394794

Just like WW1, the soldiers’ Christmas hampers were a focus, something that would continue into the 1940s.

SOLDIERS' CHRISTMAS HAMPERS. (1939, December 19). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved December 15, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73144465

SOLDIERS’ CHRISTMAS HAMPERS. (1939, December 19). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 2. Retrieved December 15, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73144465


Christmas 1920s style

A new decade dawned with a sense of hope and positivity.  Would the decade end in the same way?

Christmas 1920 and the first example of mass marketing I have come across as I’ve  moved through the decades and it came from Kodak. The advertisements promoted Kodak cameras’ convenience which could give lasting memories of holidays long after they were past.  Even a child could use it.

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Advertising. (1920, December 6). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 – 1953), p. 3 Edition: EVENING.. Retrieved December 12, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64022869

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The Salvation Army’s charity work at Christmas was attracting more attention in the papers during the 1920s.

CHRISTMAS TREATS. (1920, December 9). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 - 1953), p. 2 Edition: EVENING.. Retrieved December 12, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64022893

CHRISTMAS TREATS. (1920, December 9). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 – 1953), p. 2 Edition: EVENING.. Retrieved December 12, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64022893

The Portland Guardian Christmas editorial of December 23, 1920 had it all.  Christmas from a religious perspective, the need for positivity,  forward movement and encouragement to buy local products.  Industrial disputes, prominent during the 1920s in Australia are also mentioned as was Santa with the suggestion that if Santa could not  find a suitable Christmas gift in  the Portland shops, he wasn’t up to the task.  Luckily there was the clarification that Santa has been in the job too long for them to question his abilities.

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Portland Guardian. (1920, December 23). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 - 1953), p. 2 Edition: EVENING.. Retrieved December 12, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64022977

Portland Guardian. (1920, December 23). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 – 1953), p. 2 Edition: EVENING.. Retrieved December 12, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64022977

It was hot in the Western District during Christmas 1920 and this brought people out on to the streets of Heywood.

Heywood. (1921, January 3). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 - 1953), p. 3 Edition: EVENING.. Retrieved December 12, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64023002

Heywood. (1921, January 3). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 – 1953), p. 3 Edition: EVENING.. Retrieved December 12, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64023002

Spencer Street Station (now Southern Cross Station), Melbourne would have been a sight at Christmas time with crates of live poultry of various types lining the platforms.  This report comes from Christmas 1921.

THE CHRISTMAS GOOSE. (1921, December 23). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved December 12, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72727852

THE CHRISTMAS GOOSE. (1921, December 23). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 4. Retrieved December 12, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72727852

The war was over but help was still needed by the many returned servicemen, many facing unemployment.

CHRISTMAS CHEER. (1921, December 24). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 9. Retrieved December 13, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4611429

CHRISTMAS CHEER. (1921, December 24). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1956), p. 9. Retrieved December 13, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4611429

The ladies of the Horsham Church of Christ had gathered together homemade goods to sell at their annual Christmas sale of 1922.

SALE OF WORK. (1922, December 15). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved December 12, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72742565

SALE OF WORK. (1922, December 15). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 4. Retrieved December 12, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72742565

Photographs were a popular gift suggestion for Christmas 1922.

Advertising. (1922, December 15). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved December 12, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72742578

Advertising. (1922, December 15). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 2. Retrieved December 12, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72742578

Barnes the Chemist of Horsham had ivory goods and hair tidies and were also an agent for Kodak, the camera to suit all purses.

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CHRISTMAS IN HORSHAM. (1922, December 29). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved December 12, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72742806

CHRISTMAS IN HORSHAM. (1922, December 29). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 4. Retrieved December 12, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72742806

Shoppers fell over each other to get the best Christmas poultry at the Bendigo Auction markets in December 1923.

POULTRY FOR CHRISTMAS. (1923, December 21). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 6. Retrieved December 12, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72737714

POULTRY FOR CHRISTMAS. (1923, December 21). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 6. Retrieved December 12, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article7273771

As seen above, turkeys were the more expensive type of poultry for Christmas 1923 and were considered “a forbidden luxury”.

OUR CHRISTMAS DINNER. (1923, December 15). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 21. Retrieved December 13, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1994780

OUR CHRISTMAS DINNER. (1923, December 15). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1956), p. 21. Retrieved December 13, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1994780

The Argus of December 18, 1923 offered Christmas gift suggestions in the “Woman’s Realm” column.  French embroidery dressing table mats looked “charming” on a glass-topped table.  The Christmas handkerchief was always welcome with some relying on a handkerchief gift to replenish their supply. Telephone book covers and patience card sets were also suggested.

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    WOMAN'S REALM. (1923, December 18). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 14. Retrieved December 13, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2000447MLA citation

WOMAN’S REALM. (1923, December 18). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1956), p. 14. Retrieved December 13, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2000447
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Christmas 1923 in Horsham sounded a little brighter than 1922.  The greenery on shops and the ladies’ summer dresses added to the splendour of the fine weather.

CHRISTMAS EVE IN HORSHAM. (1923, December 25). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved December 12, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72737815

CHRISTMAS EVE IN HORSHAM. (1923, December 25). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 4. Retrieved December 12, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72737815

The annual Christmas treat at May Park had grown into a popular Christmas Eve fixture in Horsham by Christmas 1924.

CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS TREAT. (1924, November 21). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 6. Retrieved December 12, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72752604

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS TREAT. (1924, November 21). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 6. Retrieved December 12, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72752604

The shopkeepers of Portland were competing for a prize of one guinea from the Mayor for their Christmas 1924 window displays.

CHRISTMAS EVE WINDOW DISPLAY. (1924, December 15). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 - 1953), p. 2 Edition: EVENING.. Retrieved December 12, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64106332

CHRISTMAS EVE WINDOW DISPLAY. (1924, December 15). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 – 1953), p. 2 Edition: EVENING.. Retrieved December 12, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64106332

If you were wanting a step by step guide to preparing a 1924 style Christmas dinner, this is it.  Worth reading if you have a mother in law or sisters visiting.  Failure to take heed could see your reputation as “a good housekeeper…hang on a thread”.  This really is priceless and is a wonderful insight into domestic tasks of the 1920s.

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WOMEN to WOMEN. (1924, December 24). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 4. Retrieved December 13, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2090278

WOMEN to WOMEN. (1924, December 24). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1956), p. 4. Retrieved December 13, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2090278

Christmas 1925 was looking disastrous for the parishioners of the Horsham Church of Christ when they heard the news that Father Christmas was stranded at Dooen Hill after his plane had broken down.  A rescue party was sent  and he eventually arrived with presents for all.

CHRISTMAS TREE. (1925, December 18). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 6. Retrieved December 12, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73011596

CHRISTMAS TREE. (1925, December 18). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 6. Retrieved December 12, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73011596

Goodwill and good business marked Christmas 1925 in Horsham.   The reporter also noted that the pine boughs on the shop verandah posts served the purpose of stopping people propping up the posts, “Australia’s favourite duty”.

THAT CHRISTMAS FEELING. (1925, December 25). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 6. Retrieved December 12, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73011820

THAT CHRISTMAS FEELING. (1925, December 25). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 6. Retrieved December 12, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73011820

While the night soil man and his family innocently enjoyed a hearty Christmas dinner of two geese thanks to what he thought was a generous Christmas box, the true owners lamented that things don’t always turn out the way one expects them to.

NICE CHRISTMAS PRESENT. (1926, January 12). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved December 12, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73000513

NICE CHRISTMAS PRESENT. (1926, January 12). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 4. Retrieved December 12, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73000513

A. and P. Glover of Horsham opened an extra shop during Christmas 1926 to cater for the increase in trade.

CHRISTMAS TOY CARNIVAL. (1926, November 26). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved December 12, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73017110

CHRISTMAS TOY CARNIVAL. (1926, November 26). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 4. Retrieved December 12, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73017110

A Christmas story from Horsham, 1926.

HER CHRISTMAS LETTER. (1926, December 17). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved December 12, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73017834

HER CHRISTMAS LETTER. (1926, December 17). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 4. Retrieved December 12, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73017834

The Border Watch. (1926, December 23). Border Watch (Mount Gambier, SA : 1861 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved December 13, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article77688066

The Border Watch. (1926, December 23). Border Watch (Mount Gambier, SA : 1861 – 1954), p. 4. Retrieved December 13, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article77688066

Father Christmas of Balloon Land?? wrote a letter to the Editor of the Portland Guardian to announce his visit to the Portland Free Library.

OUR LETTER BOX. (1927, November 14). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 - 1953), p. 2 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 13, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64259155

OUR LETTER BOX. (1927, November 14). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 – 1953), p. 2 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 13, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64259155

Mr. G.C Perring  advised Horsham residents that he was taking orders for Christmas Cakes for the 1927 celebration.

CHRISTMAS CAKES. (1927, December 2). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved December 12, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72999479

CHRISTMAS CAKES. (1927, December 2). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 2. Retrieved December 12, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72999479

The Post Master General’s department distributed three million of the following posters in 1927.

CHRISTMAS POSTER. (1927, December 10). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 33. Retrieved December 13, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3897110

CHRISTMAS POSTER. (1927, December 10). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1956), p. 33. Retrieved December 13, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3897110

The Christmas Box Art Union were selling Australian made Christmas cards.

Christmas Cards. (1928, October 22). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 - 1953), p. 2 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 12, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64267379

Christmas Cards. (1928, October 22). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 – 1953), p. 2 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 12, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64267379

The Argus Shopping Page offered a range of last minute gift ideas.  Interesting items listed under the heading “Sweets for Children” were bunches of grapes and pink radishes along with tool sets and chocolate telephones.

"THE ARGUS" SHOPPING PAGE. (1928, December 21). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 13. Retrieved December 13, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3976851

“THE ARGUS” SHOPPING PAGE. (1928, December 21). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1956), p. 13. Retrieved December 13, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3976851

Every shop in Horsham had taken the trouble to decorate for Christmas 1928.  People were beginning to feel the pinch as the decade drew to a close.

THAT CHRISTMAS FEELING. (1928, December 25). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved December 12, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72681761

THAT CHRISTMAS FEELING. (1928, December 25). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 2. Retrieved December 12, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72681761

Only weeks on from the Wall Street Crash of 1929, Jim Scullin was insisting that Australians buy Australian.  With high unemployment, the crash and a trade deficit of 10 million pounds there was a sense of urgency to stimulate the local economy and create jobs.  Examples of the products imported were £400,000 of serviettes and linen and £46,000 of playing cards.

CHRISTMAS PRESENTS. (1929, December 5). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 14. Retrieved December 14, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4054513

CHRISTMAS PRESENTS. (1929, December 5). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1956), p. 14. Retrieved December 14, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4054513

Santa dropped in at the Laverton Air school in December 1929.

MODERN FATHER CHRISTMAS. (1929, December 7). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1956), p. 17. Retrieved December 14, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4055264

The Argus of December 13, 1929 offered tips on getting through Christmas during a time of “financial stringency”.  Christmas trees ranged in price from 5/6 to 7/6 but a cheaper option was pieces of bamboo or hardwood placed in a pot and adorned with pine needles or asparagus fern.

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"THE ARGUS" SHOPPING PAGE. (1929, December 13). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 13. Retrieved December 14, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4056538

“THE ARGUS” SHOPPING PAGE. (1929, December 13). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1956), p. 13. Retrieved December 14, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4056538


Christmas 1910s style

Australia began the 1910s with innocence but by decade’s end any innocence had gone, snatched away at faraway places unheard of in 1910 like Gallipoli, Fromelles and Beersheba.  Children hanging Christmas stockings in 1910 ended the decade without fathers, brothers or even their own lives.  The decade started with the usual, even frivolous reports about matters such as fruit supplies and ended with life trying to adjust back to those carefree times, but with the stark evidence of missing faces at the Christmas dinner table.

Fruit was in abundance for Christmas 1910 with oranges from Spain, bananas and  pears from France and California.  Shoppers could also buy novelty fruits such as avocado and persimmons.

CHRISTMAS FRUIT SUPPLIES. (1910, January 28). The Colac Herald (Vic. : 1875 – 1918), p. 9. Retrieved December 8, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article91856179

The Portland Guardian raised Christmas spirits dampened by wintry weather.  They reported on the many Christmas shop displays around the town.

The Shops. (1910, December 23). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 – 1953), p. 3 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article63979222chris19102

There were always Christmas pudding recipes in the papers.

USEFUL RECIPES. (1911, December 6). The Colac Herald (Vic. : 1875 – 1918), p. 3. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article90161213

Christmas 1911 saw the shops of Colac go all out with their window displays.  Mr Stephen’s Enterprise House was the place to go for grocery and homewares supplies.  He stocked hams and cheeses and a range of Christmas delicacies and even a new fly-killing preparation, essential for an insect free Christmas lunch in Australia.  Mr Stephens also stocked a range of alcohol including Seppelt’s wine, port and sherry.

AROUND THE SHOPS. (1911, December 22). The Colac Herald (Vic. : 1875 – 1918), p. 4. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article90160998

Christmas Eve 1911 in Portland saw the usual hustle and bustle.  It was an evening to catch up with old friends back in Portland for Christmas while children soaked up the festive atmosphere.  The Ozone Coffee Place was just one of the shops with an elaborate window display of lollies and sweets.  By evening the butchers and bakers had sold out of their goods.

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THE HOLIDAYS. (1911, December 29). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 – 1953), p. 3 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article63982899

In 1912, the Colac Herald noted the change in Christmas gifts and cards over the years.  Christmas cards with traditional English Christmas scenes had given way to gifts such as books by Dickens, Kipling and Thackeray all available cheaply. Books of Adam Lindsay Gordon’s poetry were also a popular gift in 1912.  Likewise for children,  toys had changed.  Toy planes and modern toy soldiers pushed leaden soldiers aside.

OUR MELBOURNE LETTER. (1912, November 29). The Colac Herald (Vic. : 1875 – 1918), p. 3. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article87619896

CHRISTMAS ON A SUNDAY. (1912, December 20). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 17 Supplement: CHRISTMAS SUPPLEMENT 1912 Horsham Times.. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73132675

From ox tongues to magic lanterns, block cakes to dolls, The Portland Store Pty. Ltd. could cater for all Christmas 1912 shopping needs.

Advertising. (1912, December 18). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 – 1953), p. 2 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64003729

More recipes.  Have you ever had bread sauce on your turkey?

XMAS HINTS AND RECIPES. (1912, December 20). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 35 Supplement: CHRISTMAS SUPPLEMENT 1912 Horsham Times.. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73132554

XMAS HINTS AND RECIPES. (1912, December 20). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 35 Supplement: CHRISTMAS SUPPLEMENT 1912 Horsham Times.. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73132554

Science based toys were popular in 1913 including  planes, submarines and phonographs imported from England and Europe.  Simple toys were out of fashion according to one importer.

CHRISTMAS TOYS. (1913, August 4). The Colac Herald (Vic. : 1875 - 1918), p. 4. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article93194152

CHRISTMAS TOYS. (1913, August 4). The Colac Herald (Vic. : 1875 – 1918), p. 4. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article93194152

WW1 began in August 1914 and Australians were given a warning in October of that year.  “More than one Christmas will pass” before the war would end.

DURATION OF WAR. (1914, October 14). The Colac Herald (Vic. : 1875 - 1918), p. 5. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74263644

DURATION OF WAR. (1914, October 14). The Colac Herald (Vic. : 1875 – 1918), p. 5. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74263644

Cheap poultry fed on biscuit crumbs were on the menu for Christmas 1914.

CHEAP FOWLS FOR CHRISTMAS. (1914, November 23). The Colac Herald (Vic. : 1875 - 1918), p. 3. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74264661

CHEAP FOWLS FOR CHRISTMAS. (1914, November 23). The Colac Herald (Vic. : 1875 – 1918), p. 3. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74264661

The Colac Herald acknowledged those suffering during the Christmas season due to the war.

“We have reason to hope that out of this season of deepest trial, of cruel warfare and of untold suffering, there will come a day when the world will be assured of years of peace, when not so much consideration will be given to weapons of warfare, but the thoughts of mankind will be turned more and more to improving the conditions under which so many people have to live.”

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The Colac Herald. (1914, December 23). The Colac Herald (Vic. : 1875 - 1918), p. 2. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74265363

The Colac Herald. (1914, December 23). The Colac Herald (Vic. : 1875 – 1918), p. 2. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74265363

Despite the events overseas, Casterton had plenty of Christmas cheer as described in this lovely article about Christmas in Casterton, 1914.

Christmas Cheer. (1914, December 24). The Casterton News and the Merino and Sandford Record (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), p. 3 Edition: Bi-Weekly. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74763493

Christmas Cheer. (1914, December 24). The Casterton News and the Merino and Sandford Record (Vic. : 1914 – 1918), p. 3 Edition: Bi-Weekly. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74763493

During Christmas 1914, Australians felt there was hope the war, the big adventure, would be over by Christmas 1915.  Instead, by the time that Christmas came around the realities of the Great War had come home, with the horrors of Gallipoli the awakening.  Christmas thoughts turned overseas, with the comforts of the soldiers on that December day utmost in the minds of family.  Christmas billies and packages were sent overseas to give the boys a touch of home.

The Lady Mayoress of Melbourne placed an order for 37, 000 Christmas puddings  for the troops.  Country folk could send 1s 3d to the Patriotic League and a card would be attached to a pudding with the donor’s details and the key to open the tin.

Christmas Puddings. (1915, September 23). Port Fairy Gazette (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), p. 4 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article94724253

Christmas Puddings. (1915, September 23). Port Fairy Gazette (Vic. : 1914 – 1918), p. 4 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article94724253

Warrnambool sent 300 Christmas billies to the front in 1915.

CHRISTMAS BILLIES. (1915, October 4). Warrnambool Standard (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), p. 3 Edition: DAILY.. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73857728

CHRISTMAS BILLIES. (1915, October 4). Warrnambool Standard (Vic. : 1914 – 1918), p. 3 Edition: DAILY.. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73857728

CHRISTMAS PRESENTS. (1915, November 10). The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), p. 3 Edition: DAILY.. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article75156632

CHRISTMAS PRESENTS. (1915, November 10). The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1914 – 1918), p. 3 Edition: DAILY.. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article75156632

A sample of offerings from the shops of Colac for Christmas 1915.

AROUND THE SHOPS. (1915, December 22). The Colac Herald (Vic. : 1875 - 1918), p. 7. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article75254862

AROUND THE SHOPS. (1915, December 22). The Colac Herald (Vic. : 1875 – 1918), p. 7. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article75254862

The Figaro Brisbane was a long way from the Western District, but their sentiments about Christmas 1915 are worth sharing.

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CHRISTMAS. (1915, December 18). Queensland Figaro (Brisbane, QLD : 1901 - 1936), p. 4. Retrieved December 10, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article84404928

CHRISTMAS. (1915, December 18). Queensland Figaro (Brisbane, QLD : 1901 – 1936), p. 4. Retrieved December 10, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article84404928

By January 1916, news was getting back to Australia about how troops sent Christmas Day in Cairo.

CAIRO CHRISTMAS MENU. (1916, January 27). Warrnambool Standard (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), p. 4 Edition: DAILY.. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73868406

CAIRO CHRISTMAS MENU. (1916, January 27). Warrnambool Standard (Vic. : 1914 – 1918), p. 4 Edition: DAILY.. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73868406

On October 14th, 1916 between 9am and 1pm, 1002 parcels and 114 mail bags left the Western Station, Ballarat bound for the Expeditionary Forces.

CHRISTMAS MAIL FOR THE TROOPS. (1916, October 23). The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), p. 5 Edition: DAILY.. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74688931

CHRISTMAS MAIL FOR THE TROOPS. (1916, October 23). The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1914 – 1918), p. 5 Edition: DAILY.. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74688931

Residents of Port Fairy could give a fowl for a soldiers’ Christmas dinner at the Caulfield Base Hospital.

SOLDIERS' CHRISTMAS TREAT. (1916, November 30). Port Fairy Gazette (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), p. 2 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88007022

SOLDIERS’ CHRISTMAS TREAT. (1916, November 30). Port Fairy Gazette (Vic. : 1914 – 1918), p. 2 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88007022

A Christmas Box Wanted From You was the catch cry  in September 1916.  How nice, what a lovely thought.  But it was not a Christmas pudding or biscuits the boys wanted in their boxes from home.  They wanted tobacco and a lot of it, especially as the Army was spending £25,000 a day on tobacco and cigarettes.

A CHRISTMAS BOX. (1916, September 15). The Colac Herald (Vic. : 1875 - 1918), p. 3. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74473619

A CHRISTMAS BOX. (1916, September 15). The Colac Herald (Vic. : 1875 – 1918), p. 3. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74473619

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A CHRISTMAS BOX WANTED FROM YOU. (1916, October 7). The Mildura Cultivator (Vic. : 1888 - 1920), p. 13. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74802247

A CHRISTMAS BOX WANTED FROM YOU. (1916, October 7). The Mildura Cultivator (Vic. : 1888 – 1920), p. 13. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74802247

Stuck for Christmas gift ideas?  Consider making a calendar.  One can never have too many calendars.  Put one in every room if need be!

CALENDARS FOR CHRISTMAS. (1916, December 8). The Colac Herald (Vic. : 1875 - 1918), p. 8. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74518345

CALENDARS FOR CHRISTMAS. (1916, December 8). The Colac Herald (Vic. : 1875 – 1918), p. 8. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74518345

The “Everlady’s Journal” Christmas edition had everything a lady needed to know for preparing for Christmas with the limitations the war brought.

A PRACTICAL CHRISTMAS. (1916, December 18). Port Fairy Gazette (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), p. 2 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88007787

A PRACTICAL CHRISTMAS. (1916, December 18). Port Fairy Gazette (Vic. : 1914 – 1918), p. 2 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88007787

The rush to release books in time for Christmas was on during October 1917.  C.J. Denis had released “Doreen” and May Gibbs had “Gum-Blossom Babies” and “Gumnut Babies” on offer.

CHRISTMAS BOOKLETS. (1917, October 11). Warrnambool Standard (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), p. 8 Edition: DAILY.. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73969439

CHRISTMAS BOOKLETS. (1917, October 11). Warrnambool Standard (Vic. : 1914 – 1918), p. 8 Edition: DAILY.. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73969439

A recipe for an old English plum cake that would keep for six months.

SEASONABLE RECIPES. (1917, December 19). The Colac Herald (Vic. : 1875 - 1918), p. 6. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article75251369

SEASONABLE RECIPES. (1917, December 19). The Colac Herald (Vic. : 1875 – 1918), p. 6. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article75251369

Advertising. (1917, December 19). The Colac Herald (Vic. : 1875 - 1918), p. 6. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article75251363

Advertising. (1917, December 19). The Colac Herald (Vic. : 1875 – 1918), p. 6. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article75251363

Father Christmas handed out gifts to the children from the South Warrnambool Presbyterian Church Sunday school at a Christmas tree party in 1917.

CHRISTMAS TREE. (1917, December 29). Warrnambool Standard (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), p. 3 Edition: DAILY.. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73974530

CHRISTMAS TREE. (1917, December 29). Warrnambool Standard (Vic. : 1914 – 1918), p. 3 Edition: DAILY.. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73974530

Advertising. (1918, January 7). The Casterton News and the Merino and Sandford Record (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), p. 2 Edition: Bi-Weekly. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74219706

Advertising. (1918, January 7). The Casterton News and the Merino and Sandford Record (Vic. : 1914 – 1918), p. 2 Edition: Bi-Weekly. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74219706

August was the cut off date for Christmas parcels being sent overseas for Christmas 1918.  This was a change from 1917, when the parcels sent in September were not distributed until January.

A.I.F. CHRISTMAS PARCELS. (1918, August 16). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 7. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72987289

A.I.F. CHRISTMAS PARCELS. (1918, August 16). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 7. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72987289

The A.I.F. Christmas book had “the finest collection of war photographs”.  The book became available to the public in 1918.

A.I.F. CHRISTMAS BOOK. (1918, November 6). The Colac Herald (Vic. : 1875 - 1918), p. 4. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74474740

A.I.F. CHRISTMAS BOOK. (1918, November 6). The Colac Herald (Vic. : 1875 – 1918), p. 4. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74474740

A call went out to country folk to give poultry for Christmas 1918.  The goal was 1000 pair of victory chickens for soldiers in hospital in and around Melbourne.  Dispatch centres were set up in towns such as Timboon, Port Fairy, Macarthur and Penshurst.

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Poultry for Christmas. (1918, November 18). Port Fairy Gazette (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), p. 2 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article91987945

Poultry for Christmas. (1918, November 18). Port Fairy Gazette (Vic. : 1914 – 1918), p. 2 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article91987945

With the end of WW1 in November 1918, the message for Christmas was “Peace on Earth”.

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Casterton News. (1918, December 23). The Casterton News and the Merino and Sandford Record (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), p. 2 Edition: Bi-Weekly.. Retrieved December 10, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74222949

Casterton News. (1918, December 23). The Casterton News and the Merino and Sandford Record (Vic. : 1914 – 1918), p. 2 Edition: Bi-Weekly.. Retrieved December 10, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74222949

The streets of Ararat were busy on Christmas Eve, 1918.

CHRISTMAS EVE. (1918, December 28). The Ararat advertiser (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), p. 3 Edition: tri-weekly. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74285291

CHRISTMAS EVE. (1918, December 28). The Ararat advertiser (Vic. : 1914 – 1918), p. 3 Edition: tri-weekly. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74285291

The residents of Port Fairy were feeling a renewed Christmas spirit in 1918, stocking up on food and clothing.

THE HOLIDAYS. (1918, December 30). Port Fairy Gazette (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), p. 2 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 10, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article91994828

THE HOLIDAYS. (1918, December 30). Port Fairy Gazette (Vic. : 1914 – 1918), p. 2 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 10, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article91994828

Advertising. (1919, December 11). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 - 1953), p. 3 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article63960345

Advertising. (1919, December 11). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 – 1953), p. 3 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article63960345

CHRISTMAS AT THE HOSPITAL. (1919, December 19). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73188106

CHRISTMAS AT THE HOSPITAL. (1919, December 19). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 4. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73188106

At Wail West in the Wimmera, locals were dusting off their picnic blankets for a Christmas picnic, revived from pre-war days.

WAIL WEST. (1919, December 19). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 5. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73188080

WAIL WEST. (1919, December 19). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 5. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73188080

Those making phone calls on Christmas Days 1919 faced double rates.

Portland Guardian First Issue - August 20, 1842. (1919, December 24). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 - 1953), p. 2 Edition: EVENING.. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article63960424

Portland Guardian First Issue – August 20, 1842. (1919, December 24). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 – 1953), p. 2 Edition: EVENING.. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article63960424

At last, the future was looking brighter when Christmas 1919 arrived as it was the first Christmas since the Treaty of Versailles was signed and the second since fighting had ceased.

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The Horsham Times. (1919, December 23). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 4. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73188192

Christmas 1919 in Horsham was busy and businesses added greenery to verandah posts along Firebrace and Wilson Streets.

CHRISTMAS IN HORSHAM. (1919, December 30). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73188311

CHRISTMAS IN HORSHAM. (1919, December 30). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 4. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73188311

The last Christmas of the 1910s went off with a bang for the residents of some Western Victorian towns.  Residents of Clear Lake, Vectis and Hamilton to name a few saw a heavenly body come to earth on Christmas Day 1919.

CROCKERY AND IRON SHAKEN. (1919, December 30). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 5. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73188328

CROCKERY AND IRON SHAKEN. (1919, December 30). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 5. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73188328

From Another World. (1919, December 30). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 5. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73188314

From Another World. (1919, December 30). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 5. Retrieved December 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73188314


Christmas 1900s style

Christmas 1900 was the last of the 19th century and while some were looking back, others were looking forward to a new century and Federation in 1901.

The first Christmas of the 1900s was like many others the people of Australia would face over the next 50 or so years.  Australian troops were overseas fighting and in 1900 it was the Boer War in South Africa.  Over the course of the war, about 16,000 Australians left to  fight.  It was not the first Christmas troops had been in South Africa but as the reporter for the Fitzroy City Press says “Who could have dreamed then that yet another Christmas must pass before the trouble could be settled…”

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THE LAST CHRISTMAS DAY. (1900, December 21). Fitzroy City Press (Vic. : 1881 - 1920), p. 3. Retrieved December 4, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article65668689

THE LAST CHRISTMAS DAY. (1900, December 21). Fitzroy City Press (Vic. : 1881 – 1920), p. 3. Retrieved December 4, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article65668689

While the Horsham Times also lamented the ongoing war, there was a sense of celebration with Federation just around the corner.  “Thus what has been the dream and the ideal of all true colonials for a quarter of a century past has been practically realised”.  With such a large celebration ahead, there was a propensity to overlook Christmas 1900.  The Commonwealth Inauguration was itself a “splendid Christmas box to Australia, to the British Empire and, without exaggeration, it may be said, to civilization”

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The Horsham Times. (1900, December 21). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved December 4, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73025219

The Horsham Times. (1900, December 21). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 2. Retrieved December 4, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73025219

Tulloh and Company was the place to go in Colac for all Christmas gifts.  For girls there were wicker prams and strong go-carts, while gifts for boys included hobby horses and pop-guns.

On Christmas Day 1901, the Clear Lake Wesleyan Church and Sabbath school held their annual picnic.  With a lovely lunch served and shelter sheds and seats provided for the ladies, an enjoyable day was had by all.

CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL AT CLEAR LAKE. (1901, January 4). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved December 2, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73025286

CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL AT CLEAR LAKE. (1901, January 4). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 4. Retrieved December 2, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73025286

The Girls Friendly Society held their annual Christmas tree at the Horsham Mechanics’ Hall with over 100 children receiving a gift.

A CHRISTMAS TREE. (1901, December 13). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 3. Retrieved December 2, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73030958

A CHRISTMAS TREE. (1901, December 13). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 3. Retrieved December 2, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73030958

Christmas Eve. (1901, December 24). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 2 Supplement: Supplement to the Horsham Times.. Retrieved December 2, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73031210

Christmas Eve. (1901, December 24). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 2 Supplement: Supplement to the Horsham Times.. Retrieved December 2, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73031210

Christmas Day  of 1901 was quiet in Colac after a busy Christmas Eve with much last-minute shopping.

THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS. (1901, December 31). The Colac Herald (Vic. : 1875 - 1918), p. 3. Retrieved December 2, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article90562277

THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS. (1901, December 31). The Colac Herald (Vic. : 1875 – 1918), p. 3. Retrieved December 2, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article90562277

This flaming plum pudding would have made a spectacular entrance to the dining room.

Plum Pudding. (1902, March 12). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 - 1953), p. 4 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 2, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article63992065

Plum Pudding. (1902, March 12). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 – 1953), p. 4 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 2, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article63992065

1902 was a drought year and the Hamilton Relief Committee helped out the towns of Warracknabeal, Hopetoun and Beulah with a donation of 60 sheep and other Christmas goodies.

THE DROUGHT SUFFERERS. (1902, December 30). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 3. Retrieved December 3, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72852456

THE DROUGHT SUFFERERS. (1902, December 30). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 3. Retrieved December 3, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72852456

A  Benevolent Asylum is a place one would rather not be on Christmas Day, but in Portland, 1902, best efforts were made to make sure the day was memorable for inmates.  The fare was roastbeef, ham and goose and the Benevolent Asylum superintendent provided inmates with a drink (read “ale”), fruit cake and tobacco

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Christmas at the Portland Asylum. (1902, December 31). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 - 1953), p. 3 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 3, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article63995651

Christmas at the Portland Asylum. (1902, December 31). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 – 1953), p. 3 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 3, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article63995651

The Colac Herald of December 11, 1903 provided tips for making the Christmas pudding along with three variations of the recipe.

CHRISTMAS FARE. (1903, December 11). The Colac Herald (Vic. : 1875 - 1918), p. 7. Retrieved December 3, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article87641338

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CHRISTMAS FARE. (1903, December 11). The Colac Herald (Vic. : 1875 - 1918), p. 7. Retrieved December 3, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article87641338

CHRISTMAS FARE. (1903, December 11). The Colac Herald (Vic. : 1875 – 1918), p. 7. Retrieved December 3, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article87641338

What is Christmas without a corny cracker joke.  They were just as corny in 1904 as they are today.

CHRISTMAS RIDDLES. (1904, December 20). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 3 Supplement: CHRISTMAS SUPPLEMENT To The Horsham Times.. Retrieved December 3, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72836086

CHRISTMAS RIDDLES. (1904, December 20). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 3 Supplement: CHRISTMAS SUPPLEMENT To The Horsham Times.. Retrieved December 3, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72836086

Oh dear, the pressure.

Her First Christmas Pudding. (1904, December 20). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 3 Supplement: CHRISTMAS SUPPLEMENT To The Horsham Times.. Retrieved December 3, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72836088

Her First Christmas Pudding. (1904, December 20). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 3 Supplement: CHRISTMAS SUPPLEMENT To The Horsham Times.. Retrieved December 3, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72836088

Some Christmas gift ideas from 1905.

PRETTY CHRISTMAS PRESENTS. (1905, December 1). The Colac Herald (Vic. : 1875 - 1918), p. 6. Retrieved December 3, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article87609734

PRETTY CHRISTMAS PRESENTS. (1905, December 1). The Colac Herald (Vic. : 1875 - 1918), p. 6. Retrieved December 3, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article87609734

PRETTY CHRISTMAS PRESENTS. (1905, December 1). The Colac Herald (Vic. : 1875 – 1918), p. 6. Retrieved December 3, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article87609734

No reindeer for Santa in 1906, rather an eagle as depicted by Miss. M. Scott.

Father Christmas on eagle carrying basket of toys by Miss M. Scott. (1906).  Courtesy of the State Library of Victoria http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/54176

Father Christmas on eagle carrying basket of toys by Miss M. Scott. (1906). Courtesy of the State Library of Victoria http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/54176

Horsham residents were well serviced by the local shops during the Christmas lead-up of 1906.

Christmas Catering. (1906, December 21). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved December 3, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72937123

Christmas Catering. (1906, December 21). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 2. Retrieved December 3, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72937123

The Colac Herald published a list of  local shops and their Christmas wares.  Mrs Walkers’ shop was sure to have been a favourite with the local children in 1907.

THE SHOPS. (1907, December 23). The Colac Herald (Vic. : 1875 - 1918), p. 3. Retrieved December 4, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article93273485

THE SHOPS. (1907, December 23). The Colac Herald (Vic. : 1875 – 1918), p. 3. Retrieved December 4, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article93273485

Christmas Eve of 1907 in Horsham was a busy night.  Decorations, carolers, and children with musical instruments added to the atmosphere of the evening.

Christmas Eye in Horsham. (1907, December 31). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved December 4, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72806085

Christmas Eye in Horsham. (1907, December 31). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 2. Retrieved December 4, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72806085

Christmas boxes were given to servants, usually on Boxing Day and were either money or a gift.

LEGALITY OF CHRISTMAS BOXES. (1908, January 24). The Colac Herald (Vic. : 1875 - 1918), p. 6. Retrieved December 4, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article93273594

LEGALITY OF CHRISTMAS BOXES. (1908, January 24). The Colac Herald (Vic. : 1875 – 1918), p. 6. Retrieved December 4, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article93273594

People stayed in the streets of Portland until 11.30pm on Christmas Eve 1908, entertained provided by the Portland Band.

THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS. (1908, December 30). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 - 1953), p. 3 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 4, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article63986559

THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS. (1908, December 30). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 – 1953), p. 3 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 4, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article63986559

By 1909 there were still plenty of mail coming from the Old Country.  In one day there were 300 letters, 50 papers and 40 packages to Horsham from England.

NEWS AND NOTES. (1909, December 24). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 3. Retrieved December 4, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72964368

NEWS AND NOTES. (1909, December 24). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 3. Retrieved December 4, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72964368

Last minute shoppers suffered the wrath of the Portland Guardian in 1909.  They were reminded to think of the shopkeepers who also had Christmas preparations and families to go to.  Shoppers were out until after 10pm and at 11pm the Portland Public Band entertained those still out on the streets.

This article gives us some of idea of the current affairs of 1909.  It mentions the “Waratah” which months earlier had vanished without a trace on a return trip to England.  On board were passengers that embarked at the ports of  Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney.

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Xmas Holidays. (1909, December 29). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 - 1953), p. 3 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 4, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article63990393

Xmas Holidays. (1909, December 29). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 – 1953), p. 3 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved December 4, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article63990393

The stockings were up on Christmas Eve 1909 in Horsham.

The Festive Season. (1909, December 31). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved December 4, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72964576

The Festive Season. (1909, December 31). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), p. 4. Retrieved December 4, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72964576


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