December is here and Christmas starts announcing its approach with sprigs of sparkly neon tinsel and piles of fake snow in air conditioned department stores. I love shiny things and generally run at Christmas full tilt, unplanned, slightly hysterical and usually exhausted by the time the big day arrives.
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Many fashion blogs and sites at the moment are focusing on what to wear for Christmas. This year, women's fashions include dresses heavily embellished with sequins, lace and shiny fabrics. Interesting when I am sure, most Australians will just end up in T-shirts playing some sort of sport in the backyard.
My true love gave to me.....eleven pipers piping 89/608-23 Box with removable cover, 1 of 12, "Eleven Pipers Piping" part of "Surprise Boxes - Twelve Years of Christmas", parcel gilt silver, Stuart Devlin, London, England, 1980.
my true love gave to me.....8 maids a milking. A2035-1, Ceramic figure, female child holds sheaf of grain 93/338/286, Figure, Alice in Wonderland, `Alice’, earthenware, Royal Doulton, England, c.
my true love gave to me.... five golden rings. Daniel Kruger is a contemporary jeweller who was shown in the Museums 1984 exhibition, Cross Currents. Kruger describes his work as, '...both jewellery and an artefact conceived and made by one person for the enjoyment by another person'.
my true love gave to me.... three french hens. Well...Burmese hens..
my true love gave to me...two turtle doves. With 600,000 objects you would think it would be easy to track down two turtle doves or at least two doves in the collection. High and low I looked but with no luck.
Traditionally the 12 days of Christmas start on December 26th. To celebrate we are going to bring you some of our collection objects each day. May Christmas and the New Year bring all of our readers the best of times.
This doll, dressed as a swagman, was made in the 1933 by Rita Williams as a Christmas gift for her four-year-old daughter Barbara. With limited material scraps and a doll's head found in a rubbish bin, Rita was inspired to make and dress the doll in the clothes of the old swagmen who lived near the canal in front of her Merrylands home in outer Sydney.
When was Australian flora first used to celebrate Christmas? (Image: from Christmas bells floral design, Plate, porcelain by Reginald Austin for Royal Worchester, England , retailed by Flavelle Bros Ltd, Sydney, 1912-14.) Letters from settlers in the colony of News South Wales in the 1830s described the use of Australian native plants like Christmas bush and Christmas bells.
In case you hadn’t noticed Christmas is upon us once again! The Museum's collection is not without festive cheer, 1032 objects have ‘Christmas’ in the tile. Christmas is the one time of the year people send cards all around the world all for the same purpose; check out some of the Museum's amazing Christmas cards below Some cards to sent to the relies overseas who believe that Kangaroos roam the streets even at Christmas or a casual reminder that we celebrate Christmas without snow.
On this very festive day, I thought I would ‘unwrap’ for you some of the playful and eclectic Christmas related objects we have in our collection! Starting with this cardboard marionette of Santa Claus designed and printed by Raphael Tuck and Sons in Great Britain and made in Bavaria in 1905-1910.