Russians -Christmas in Sydney 1925
Это празднование Нового Года в 1925 году наверное самое первое упоминание о праздновании в Австралийских газетах.
This celebration of the New Year in 1925 is probably the first mentioning about celebrations in the Australian press.
CHRISTMAS IN SYDNEY.
Sixty children of Russian parentage, and as many Russian adults, celebrated the festive season at the Railway and Tramway Institute last evening. A large Christmas tree ablaze with lights, gorgeously decorated, and laden with presents, took up a large section of the hall, and Russian Christmas trees, or “Yolki,” as they are called, are especially levelling in regard to human ages. According to tho Russian Orthodox calendar, Christmas has not yet fallen, It is due on Wednesday next, thirteen days after the western Christmas, so last night’s celebration was something of a compromise. The children sang the old Russian songs.
Of a Russian colony in Sydney numbering three or four hundred, only about 20 are actively associated with the local Communists. At last night’s gathering neither “God Save the Tsar” nor “The internationale” was sung. The local Russians, probably, like the majority of their race, hope that Russia will eventually find herself happily settled in some system which has no affinity with those represented by those melodies.
Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), Thursday 1 January 1925, page 5