Christmas Down Under
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Christmas the Australian Way! An Aussie Christmas, Perth-style, usually involves a barbeque and a few cold drinks. Here's a look at how this event has been celebrated through the years, from images in the State Library's archival collections.
311666PD: Christmas decorations at the intersection of Hay and Barrack Streets, Perth, December 1982 https://encore.slwa.wa.gov.au/iii/encore/record/C__Rb3939538

311666PD: Christmas decorations at the intersection of Hay and Barrack Streets, Perth, December 1982 https://encore.slwa.wa.gov.au/iii/encore/record/C__Rb3939538

348171PD: Christmas decorations on Walsh's store, corner of Hay and William Streets, Perth, December 1971 https://encore.slwa.wa.gov.au/iii/encore/record/C__Rb3096367

Christmas decorations on Walsh's store, corner of Hay and William Streets, Perth, December 1971

015395PD: Crowds welcome Father Christmas at the Perth Railway Station as he makes his way to Boans Toy Town, 21 November 1934 https://encore.slwa.wa.gov.au/iii/encore/record/C__Rb3419277

Crowds welcome Father Christmas at the Perth Railway Station as he makes his way to Boans Toy Town, 21 November 1934

3248B/115: Australian Red Cross Society Christmas card, Xmas 1917 https://encore.slwa.wa.gov.au/iii/encore/record/C__Rb3935967

3248B/115: Australian Red Cross Society Christmas card, Xmas 1917 https://encore.slwa.wa.gov.au/iii/encore/record/C__Rb3935967

144606PD: Crown Christmas decoration, intersection of Pier and Hay Streets, Perth, 8 December 1962 https://encore.slwa.wa.gov.au/iii/encore/record/C__Rb4557469

Crown Christmas decoration, intersection of Pier and Hay Streets, Perth, 8 December 1962

017469PD: Father Christmas arriving, c1952 https://encore.slwa.wa.gov.au/iii/encore/record/C__Rb2566390

017469PD: Father Christmas arriving, c1952 https://encore.slwa.wa.gov.au/iii/encore/record/C__Rb2566390

323416PD: Christmas decorations, intersection of Hay and Barrack Streets, Perth, 20 November 1984 https://encore.slwa.wa.gov.au/iii/encore/record/C__Rb3165620

Christmas decorations, intersection of Hay and Barrack Streets, Perth, 20 November 1984

BA1340/ERA5/42C: Father Christmas hands out the presents from the mulga tree in the kindergarten yard, Mt Margaret Mission, ca.1955 https://encore.slwa.wa.gov.au/iii/encore/record/C__Rb4061559

BA1340/ERA5/42C: Father Christmas hands out the presents from the mulga tree in the kindergarten yard, Mt Margaret Mission, ca.1955 https://encore.slwa.wa.gov.au/iii/encore/record/C__Rb4061559

With sincere greetings for Christmas and may the new year bring you health and happiness  https://encore.slwa.wa.gov.au/iii/encore/record/C__Rb3148204

With sincere greetings for Christmas and may the new year bring you health and happiness

144602PD: Black swan Christmas decorations in St Georges Terrace, Perth, 8 December 1962 https://encore.slwa.wa.gov.au/iii/encore/record/C__Rb4557465

Black swan Christmas decorations in St Georges Terrace, Perth, 8 December 1962

147925PD: Nuytsia floribunda, or Western Australian Christmas Trees, Western Australia, between 1965 and 1984. https://encore.slwa.wa.gov.au/iii/encore/record/C__Rb4173035

147925PD: Nuytsia floribunda, or Western Australian Christmas Trees, Western Australia, between 1965 and 1984. https://encore.slwa.wa.gov.au/iii/encore/record/C__Rb4173035

359684PD: Receiving a gift from Father Christmas, 1972 https://encore.slwa.wa.gov.au/iii/encore/record/C__Rb3096511

Receiving a gift from Father Christmas, 1972

BA1530/5619: Hay Street Mall Christmas decorations, Perth, November 1991. https://encore.slwa.wa.gov.au/iii/encore/record/C__Rb3948957

BA1530/5619: Hay Street Mall Christmas decorations, Perth, November 1991. https://encore.slwa.wa.gov.au/iii/encore/record/C__Rb3948957

146014PD: Robin Berry, Bill Birnie and Eleanor Randell decorating the Christmas tree, Derby, Christmas 1961 https://encore.slwa.wa.gov.au/iii/encore/record/C__Rb4230311

146014PD: Robin Berry, Bill Birnie and Eleanor Randell decorating the Christmas tree, Derby, Christmas 1961 https://encore.slwa.wa.gov.au/iii/encore/record/C__Rb4230311

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