Cockburn History: Jandakot Christmas Tree

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.

The Jandakot Agricultural Hall, 1902

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.

Some of the settlers lived in huts like this (1910) – no wonder the Christmas Tree was a welcome event!

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.

Some of the prize-winning grapes grown in the Jandakot district, 1902

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.

Read more:

The first Jandakot Christmas Tree, 1900


Leah

Author: Leah

I work as the Reader Services Librarian at Spearwood Public Library. I order the books, and I take requests for anything you can’t find in the library! I also research and write local history articles for the Cockburn Soundings, and for anyone who has a local history question.

Share This Post On
468 ad

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Translate »

Cockburn History: Jandakot Christmas Tree

by Leah time to read: 1 min
0

Facebook

Twitter

YouTube

Google Plus

Follow Me on Pinterest
  • STEM Activities: Learning about Constellations - Crafts, Sculptures, & iPad App

    Pinned: 8 Aug 2016
  • For guest room! They did this every night on our cruise and I loved it!

    Pinned: 5 Aug 2016
  • Rainbow cow

    Pinned: 2 Aug 2016
  • 30 Inspirational Quotes from Fictional Teachers and Mentors - Playgroundequipme... - Infographic

    Pinned: 2 Aug 2016
  • Your preschool and/or kindergarten students will have fun creating our C Is for Cat letter craft and letter-sound association activities for the hard "Cc" sound as in "cat."  C Is for Cat Letter Craft What you need:

    Pinned: 2 Aug 2016
  • More 2D Shape Animal Crafts A Fox Freebie!

    Pinned: 2 Aug 2016
  • My rule of life: #1 "If you want something you never had, you have to do something you've never done."

    Pinned: 27 Jul 2016
  • Do what is right, not what is easy. -- read: http://www.marcandangel.com/2015/09/16/12-laws-of-happiness-that-will-change-your-life/

    Pinned: 27 Jul 2016
  • Paper Bag Ninja Craft for Kids ...Hi-Yah! | I Heart Crafty Things

    Pinned: 22 Jul 2016
  • These are some beautiful quotes to read when you are depressed, sad or just need a little bit of motivation! Love yourself, read them, raise and shine!

    Pinned: 22 Jul 2016

Instagram

Follow Me on Instagram
  • We decorated our rocks to hide, wonder how many will be found in the library. #rockpainting #warocks #library #librarylife #rockdrop #librariesofinstagram

    cockburnlibraries: "We decorated our rocks to hide, wonder how many will be found in the library. #rockpainting #warocks #library #librarylife #rockdrop #librariesofinstagram"
    21
    0
  • Once upon a time our oral history collection was only available on cassette. Now you can stream them 24/7. Oral histories of Cockburn residents including award winning author Kim Scott. Check the website.

    cockburnlibraries: "Once upon a time our oral history collection was only available on cassette. Now you can stream them 24/7. Oral histories of Cockburn residents including award winning author Kim Scott. Check the website."
    20
    1
  • The horses are ready. The spectators are glammed up. And it might be the #racethatstopsthenation but it won’t stop the #library come and visit today and see what you can find out about #horses #horsesracing #animalwelfare and so much more #librariesofinstagram #librarydisplay #librarygram #melbournecup

    cockburnlibraries: "The horses are ready. The spectators are glammed up. And it might be the #racethatstopsthenation but it won’t stop the #library come and visit today and see what you can find out about #horses #horsesracing #animalwelfare and so much more #librariesofinstagram #librarydisplay #librarygram #melbournecup"
    13
    0
  • Two new copies of my (J) new favourite #picturebook by WA author @megmckinlay reserve a copy at you library today. #librariesofinstagram #bookstagram #librarybook

    cockburnlibraries: "Two new copies of my (J) new favourite #picturebook by WA author @megmckinlay reserve a copy at you library today. #librariesofinstagram #bookstagram #librarybook"
    21
    0
  • “To learn to read is to light a fire...”. #quotes #reading

    cockburnlibraries: "“To learn to read is to light a fire...”.
#quotes #reading"
    20
    0
  • We’re ready for some amazing #spooky #storytime with @sambellina_yellow #halloween #halloween2017 #librariesofinstagram

    cockburnlibraries: "We’re ready for some amazing #spooky #storytime with @sambellina_yellow #halloween #halloween2017 #librariesofinstagram"
    15
    1
  • We know #youknownothingjonsnow but luckily David knows a thing or two and has amazing #pumpkincarving skills #halloween #gothalloween #gothalloween2017 #libraries #library #librariesofinstagram #jonsnow

    cockburnlibraries: "We know #youknownothingjonsnow but luckily David knows a thing or two and has amazing #pumpkincarving skills #halloween #gothalloween #gothalloween2017 #libraries #library #librariesofinstagram #jonsnow"
    23
    0
  • Happy Halloween!!! #halloweencostume #halloween #halloween2017 #cityofcockBOOurn

    cockburnlibraries: "Happy Halloween!!! #halloweencostume #halloween #halloween2017 #cityofcockBOOurn"
    20
    0
  • It’s Old Tom as drawn by Jessica at @the_literature_centre #celebratereading2017 and directed by Leigh HOBBS

    cockburnlibraries: "It’s Old Tom as drawn by Jessica at @the_literature_centre #celebratereading2017 and directed by Leigh HOBBS"
    12
    0
  • Thanks to our knitting club at Success, these beanies are heading to @tinysparkswa

    cockburnlibraries: "Thanks to our knitting club at Success, these beanies are heading to @tinysparkswa"
    25
    4