Christmas 1924 at Lock 9 camp

lock 7 Christmas tree from dawn glenn collection

This tree at Lock 7 depicts a similar one to what the community would have put up at Lock 9 years earlier.

On December 13, a heatwave of above 100 degrees F came to an end when about an inch of rain fell, a steady soaking rain.
On Monday December 8, the Georgian vaudeville company visited the camp and a reasonable attendance enjoyed the entertainment. On Wednesday December 10, a concert organised by Tom Irvine was given before a crowded house, the proceeds being in aid of the children’s Christmas tree and sports. A varied and entertaining program consisted of an overture by Connie Reed, songs by Mrs Florence Reed and Mrs Mary Grosse, duets by the Gorman and Reed girls, quartets by Misses Gorman and Messrs Gorman and Bowell, songs by the schoolchildren and comic items by Bertie Pearson and Bertie Bowell, violin and mandolin numbers by Albert Charlton and songs by Arthur Gorman. A dance followed.

On Christmas Eve, a wonderful Christmas tree was arranged for the children. The tree was erected on the lawns adjacent to the men’s quarters and it was decorated with toys, balloons and Christmas stockings. The many little electric bulbs illuminated the tree amid the surrounding darkness. Father Christmas, (Oliver Edwards) arrived by car and the children excitedly greeted him as he proceeded to distribute the toys. 122 children received a toy and stocking each. A plentiful supply of fruit, lollies, and cool drinks was provided. Mr. and Mrs. Albert Charlton provided music with piano and violin and there was plenty of dancing and games.