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Christmas in Australia

Various versions of an Australian Christmas day from start to finish, from city to bush to beach.
Year : 1958 | Total Duration : 10 Minutes | Producer : Jack S Allan
Director : Richard Mason |
VS European Christmas scenes with people arriving at house at night with snow on ground and trees, lights on snow covered tree at night. Children skiing on slopes. Men riding surfboards and crowded beach. People sunbaking. City intersection with pedestrians crossing in front of tram. Policeman in white helmet directing traffic on a city street. Traffic on busy city intersection and flower sellers in Martin Place. Santa Claus holding small crying girl. VS children with Santa. Christmas decorations, giant Santa, cut-outs and signs. Christmas shop windows and bell ringing outside church. Nativity scene. Crowds outside Myer store and shoppers milling in store interior. Christmas shopping scenes with man sampling perfume, small boy grabbing large stuffed toys. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 3059 | 2 mins 10 secs | 1950s | Europe; Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Shoppers on city street. GS Christmas office party, exchange of gifts. Carol singers. Children placing stockings on fireplace and MS boy writing letter to Santa. Girl leaving food and drink for Santa. Mother and daughter tie stocking to end of bed then VS mother tucking children into beds. Church steeple silhouetted against dawn sky and WS sunrise clouds. LS track of man running from taxi to enter hospital and being shown newborn baby in nursery. Nurse passing newborn to mother in bed. Boy waking on Christmas morning to find kitten and presents on bed. VS children unpacking stockings and opening presents. Country scenes with boys exchanging Christmas gifts. VS people arriving at modest country church, shire horse tied up outside. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 3087 | 2 mins 59 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Flock of sheep being hand-fed grain from back of ute. Family in party hats standing with glasses raised for toast, outdoor bush Christmas dinner with billy tea. Dinner on beach with group gathered around picnic spread. Elderly couple at home dozing on outdoor chairs. Another elderly couple visits with gift. Beach and surfers in water, mother building sand castles with daughter, boy pouring water from bucket onto man sunbaking. Two boys sitting on wall fishing in harbour. Yachts on Sydney Harbour. Couples playing golf at seaside course. Couples playing on tennis court. Fake Christmas tree with few decorations, crumpled wrapping paper, toys scattered on floor, food remains. Christmas cards on mantelpiece with Santa face decorations on wall and sunset sky fading to black. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 3106 | 54 secs | 1950s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |