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Indigenous culture

Sydney Royal Easter Show

April 4, 2012

Anni Turnbull
Going to an Easter show is almost a childhood rite of passage for Sydneysiders. Apart from looking at a variety of animals, agricultural pavilions, side shows and competitions like wood chopping there was always the draw of the Show Bag Pavilion.

Chinese New Year 2012: Year of the Dragon

January 23, 2012

Anni Turnbull
Sydney holds the largest Lunar New Year festival outside Asia, where communities from Asia celebrate the first day of the first lunar month of the year. Lunar or Chinese New Year falls on 23 January this year, with celebration lasting 15 days, until the first full moon appears.

Santa Claus, Kris Kringle, Pelz Nicol and Father Christmas

December 23, 2011

Anni Turnbull
Although many countries call Father Christmas by other names the tradition of making Christmas decorations have familiar characters and colours, often rotund male figures with long white beards dressed in red and white.

Hand-made Christmas cards

December 21, 2011

Anne-Marie Van de Ven
Every year, around this time of the year, an envelope arrives on my desk which brings with it, pleasure and delight. This year, in response to the emerging community interest in the ‘hand-made’ (demonstrated in part by the enthusiastic response we’ve received to the Museum’s international Love Lace competition and exhibition), I thought I’d share some of this joy and delight with readers of the Museum’s ‘Inside the Collection’ blog.

Vale Arthur ‘Artie’ Beetson – the big man of Rugby League

December 3, 2011

Rebecca Bower
When I was a kid in the 70s my dad used to take me to Rugby League matches. We used to go to Bear Park to watch the (North Sydney) Bears play. I don't remember much about going to the footy, and I certainly don't remember anything about who played for the Bears but I remember seeing Arthur Beetson play.

Cool Tartan

March 2, 2011

Lynne McNairn
Recently I stopped to look at a Highland Pipe Band who were playing in the Corso at Manly. It was a hot and sticky Sydney summer day and the heavy tartan kilts looked out of place although the band members were wearing short sleeved shirts and did not have jackets.