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An Aussie Christmas

As many Australians prepare for Christmas, we present a portrait of Christmas in the 1920s featuring parties, puppets, presents and parades. Plus a lot of Santas.

There are lovely details in the clips. My favourite is men dressed as horses pulling Santa on his chariot, as an 'emu’ runs beside them in Australian Gazette: Annual Christmas Treat (c1925).

See all titles on australianscreen online tagged Christmas.

You can also watch a classic documentary about how Australians celebrated Christmas in 1958 from the NFSA Films YouTube Channel below:

Christmas in Australia (1958)

Here Comes Santa advertisement – 1929

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Beth Taylor

Beth is an artist who works across a broad range of mediums including photography, writing, documentary filmmaking, sculpture and painting. Her work has a common theme of finding beauty in the everyday. She has worked for the NFSA since 2008.