On Saturday, 22 December 1900, the first annual Jandakot Christmas Tree was held at the newly-built Jandakot Agricultural Hall for the children and families of the young farming district.
Mr and Mrs William Bateman and other pioneers of the Jandakot area arranged for a beautifully decorated tree, presents, and games and entertainments for the 45 children and their parents who turned up to celebrate a hot Christmas in an unforgiving district.
By 1906, what Mr Bateman had hoped would become ‘an annual institution’ had done just that: the ‘annual Jandakot Christmas Tree festival’ was a wild success, with an evening’s entertainment provided by local volunteers, an enormous tree, and a jolly Father Christmas handing out presents to over 100 children. The adults enjoyed dancing to a band, and an extravagant dinner was put on for all involved, with prize-winning grapes and other fruits grown by local market gardeners for dessert.
The Christmas Tree festival became a solid fixture of the Jandakot district, giving isolated settlers a chance to gather and enjoy themselves in what was otherwise a difficult and demanding life, and to congratulate each other on another successful Jandakot year.
- Jandakot Christmas Tree, 1902
- Jandakot Christmas Tree, 1904
- Jandakot Christmas Tree, 1906
- An East Jandakot spinoff, 1913