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22 December 2014 @ 10:02 pm
Christmas in Australia  
Shortie pyjamas and chenille bedspreads... this was my childhood, and this was my Christmas experience. I got a bit nostalgic watching this, I must admit. (Although the first little bit had me side-eyeing like crazy!)
One thing that stands out, though - not an Aussie accent to be heard.

Current Mood: nostalgicnostalgic
sunray45: Christmas 2011 Doyle Elfsunray45 on December 22nd, 2014 12:25 pm (UTC)
OMG!! I used to wear dresses like that, fitted bodice and very full skirt. My girls had beds like those too! Then there's the 'tallies', big bottles of beer. Women got all dressed up, hats and all, to go shopping.

Yes, very nostalgic.
miwahni: Aussie Aussie Aussiemiwahni on December 23rd, 2014 10:48 am (UTC)
Those things you describe were part of my growing up too. I still had to wear hat and gloves to church on Sundays - a panama in summer and a beret in winter - it was part of being properly dressed.
byslantedlight: Blue skiesbyslantedlight on December 22nd, 2014 03:40 pm (UTC)
Shortie pyjamas and chenille bedspreads...
Yes! They lasted until my time (though the clothes and cars were a bit different by then *g*) And I have just unpacked a sewing box very like that little girl's, only green, which I too got for Christmas one year!

Isn't it odd about the accents - perhaps they thought Brits (and Americans?) wouldn't understand them! Presumably it was made for non-Aussies...
miwahnimiwahni on December 23rd, 2014 10:53 am (UTC)
The old Holdens were still in abundance when I was growing up (although they weren't so "old" then *g*) and I also had a sewing box like that. Hated sewing, chucked it as soon as I could.

I think the movie - and there's a whole series of them - was made for the ten pound poms who were being encouraged to move here. However that faux-Brit accent was prevalent, then, on tv and radio. All part of the old cultural cringe.
byslantedlight: Sukhoi Su26 Road Angelbyslantedlight on December 23rd, 2014 12:04 pm (UTC)
I think the movie - and there's a whole series of them - was made for the ten pound poms who were being encouraged to move here.
Well, I don't know if my mum ever saw it, and that's not why she and her friend decided to move to Australia, but they were six pound poms (well, mum was a six pound Manxie, a whole different thing *g*) and I imagine that film is very much what they found when they arrived! Mum's friend stayed in the city, I think, but mum headed out to all the tiny rural hospitals to see the world (they were nurses and had gone out on that basis).

By the time I was growing up the very-English-accents had mostly gone, and by the time I was doing my HSC my Australian History course had a unit called... oh, I don't remember exactly, but it was all about the birth of Australia - maybe it was simply called Australian Nationalism, actually - focused not just on the history of Anzac and all, but on the idea of what it meant to be Australian, and why many people still felt so close to the UK - or were rebelling. *g* Come to think of it, that was also the year that Advance Australia Fair became the national anthem - and years before that I still remember pledging allegiance to the Queen every morning in the assemblies had on the playground! The other thing I remember vividly about HSC year though, was that everyone was into Australia You're Standing In It (oh gawd, I'd forgotten those two - brilliant! *g*). Not so much the cultural cringe at that point... but mum had a couple of dresses in her trunk (now my coffee table - ah time!) that were very like the ones on your films... *g*
mrua7mrua7 on December 22nd, 2014 05:55 pm (UTC)
This was lovely actually though I too found it odd there were no Aussie accents.
miwahni: Random Ulu-roomiwahni on December 23rd, 2014 10:54 am (UTC)
I just mentioned to BSL above, that accent was all we heard on TV and radio for years. If it didn't sound British, it just wouldn't do. God forbid a real Aussie accent be heard! It took us a long time to find our identity as a nation.
mrua7mrua7 on December 23rd, 2014 02:51 pm (UTC)
When I thought about it, I realized that in so many movies the characters often perform with a British accent (even if they're not from the UK)...i.e. films about ancient Rome, period pieces and such...none of which takes place in G.B.
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] CUPPAdraycevixen on December 22nd, 2014 06:30 pm (UTC)

I wonder if this was one of those films designed to encourage emigration to Australia, given the nature of the voice over?

I think chenille bedspreads were a pretty common experience. :D
miwahni: Aussie Aussie Aussiemiwahni on December 23rd, 2014 10:56 am (UTC)
I do think it (and a few others like it that I found) were made for the overseas market - at the time immigration was encouraged, especially from the "home country". The government sponsored the fares for immigrants, who only paid ten pounds to travel from the UK to take up residence in Australia.
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] CUPPAdraycevixen on December 23rd, 2014 11:19 am (UTC)

I'm familiar with it and it's why I have Australian cousins. :D

miwahnimiwahni on December 23rd, 2014 11:34 am (UTC)
Well there ya go then. Where about in Australia are they?
I have a book entitled "Never Had it So Good" which was published in the mid-60s; it features interview with a number of immigrants, and tries to get to the bottom of their reasons for leaving. One of my favourites is a man whose football team has, after years of failure, been relegated to Fourth Division. He can't bear to support them any longer, but can't bring himself to support a rival team. Emigrating was his only option. *g*
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] CUPPAdraycevixen on December 23rd, 2014 12:25 pm (UTC)

It was two of my mum's cousins and their families. One of them settled just outside Sydney and the other when further inland although I'm not quite sure where. I'll have to remember to ask my mum.

That story makes me think of all the Scots enclaves around the world formed by Scottish football fans only affording one way tickets to the World Cups. :D
Minoriminori_k on December 23rd, 2014 01:14 am (UTC)
Oh! Thank you so much for this video! As I live in northern hemisphere, Christmas in Australia was always wonder to me! It looks huge sumner festival! Hope you're having lovely Christmas time!
miwahni: Pros Christmasmiwahni on December 23rd, 2014 10:59 am (UTC)
I'm really glad you enjoyed it! Christmas is something of a dichotomy; we sing carols about snow and cold (although there are some brilliant Aussie carols, they're just not well-known) and we eat a baked meal all while sweltering in 30C+ temperatures.
One day though I'll make it to the UK for a white Christmas, or at the very least a cold one.
Thank you for your wishes, if you celebrate the season I hope you're having a lovely time too with family and friends.