“What! A Christmas Card printed in Oz”.

Christmas card published in 1881 by John Sands, from a design by C H Hunt.
From a Clayton family scrapbook. Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection.

Australia Post take Note – Support Australian Printers…

By 1881 another Sydney printing company, John Sands, had entered the Australian Christmas card market.
In early 1881 the company held an art competition for original designs of Christmas and New Year’s cards, using Australian subjects only.
The competition attracted hundreds of entries.
A series of prizes were duly awarded, including a fourth prize to Mrs Helena Forde, and the entries were publicly exhibited at the Art Gallery in May.
One of the prize winners was the Sydney artist Charles Henry Hunt (1857-1938).
His design was described as a ‘thoroughly Australian picture’ and showed a ‘fairy-like little girl, who has evidently run up from a picnic party in the bush, proffering a Christmas pudding to a tired swagman who has just sat down under a shady tree to drink a pannikin of tea.’
via Bessie Rouse’s scrap album & the first Australian Christmas cards | Sydney Living Museums.

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