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Festivals and Celebrations: Christmas in Australia
Here are some books that you may find useful during your studies. Search the Bennies catalogue Oliver for more, or browse the Non-fiction collection NFS..
The Story of Australia by Robert Lewis
Publication Date: 2017-05-01
Produced in partnership with the National Museum of Australia, The Story of Australia is an accessible, essential history resource for every homeHow did Australia's earliest human inhabitants reach the island continent?Which discovery ushered in a new era of immigration, prosperity and technological advancement?How did a far-flung colony and military outpost transform into one of the wealthiest and most peaceful nations in the modern world?Dip into the pages to discover these answers and more .
Important days in Australia's calendar by Hammonds, Heather
Call Number: LEA 394.26994 HAM
Publication Date: 2010
True Blue? by Peter Goldsworthy (Editor)
Publication Date: 2008-01-01
Australians mostly live in cities, yet many of our favorite movie characters are working men from the bush. We revere our sporting heroes, yet we prize their larrikin irreverence. Each year we enthusiastically commemorate a battle we lost. What makes us Australian? Why is it so hard to put a finger on what makes us unique? .
Australian national identity by Healey, Justin
Call Number: NFS 305.800994 AUS
Publication Date: 2010
From the Film Australia Collection. Made by The Commonwealth Film Unit 1958. Directed by Richard Mason. This film shows various versions of an Australian Christmas Day from start to finish, from city to bush to beach. This is contrasted to celebrations in other countries. Christmas is celebrated in the middle of the Australian summer under a blazing sun. But even in the heat it is a season for traditional things; for family affairs and meeting with friends
Australian Christmases are VERY different from your white Christmases. Feel my summer Christmas struggles.
In Australia, Christmas comes in the towards the beginning of the summer holidays! Children have their summer holidays from mid December to early February, so some people might even be camping at Christmas.
Christmas in Australia coincides with summer which means our traditions, although inspired by European customs, have been altered to suit the climate.