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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.

Newcastle coal miners were on strike but that didn’t prevent Portland turning on the lights on Christmas Eve.chris190022chris190023

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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