061225.Sydney, Ahoy! Happy Christmas! Time for the Family

December 25, 2006 at 5:54 AM | Posted in Actors in Period Costumes, Christmas, people, siblings | 7 Comments

This is my Great Uncle Bill. I’ll ‘fess to not having taken this one.

The photo dates from the 1950s-60s and was taken on his merchant marine ship (he was captain) in Sydney harbor for a local paper there. He must have been docked for a while since the paper gave him this proof back with a stamp asking him not to publish it elsewhere. I imagine that copyright has worn off since then.

I never met the man, so I can only refer to his passport to find out when he was there. It was issued in 1959 and cancelled in 1977. It claims he only entered Australia once: “Brisbane, Queensland: 31 March 1961,” however, he’s in LeHavre by the 23 June that
year, which voids Christmas. Most likely, I’m guess this indicates the photo then is pre-1959. Ho, ho, ho!


Heard a story about a Tobias, 21, from a town near Berlin who saved for half a year to travel to Sydney for Christmas2006. It was his first international flight and he booked over the internet to save money. He misspelled his destination though and ended up in Sidney. Sidney is a small town in Montana. They were friendly to him and offered a free flight back to Germany but he turned it down for a one way to Sydney. He was stuck in Denver over Christmas due to the snow and finally made it to Australia to see his girlfriend. He currently has no funds for a return to Germany.


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  1. “Noël est là,
    Ce joyeux Noël, des cadeaux plein les bras,
    Qui réchauffe nos coeurs et apporte la joie,
    Jour des plus beaux souvenirs,
    Plus beau jour de l’année.”
    Washington Irving


    “Christmas is there,
    This Merry Christmas, gifts full arms,
    Who heats our hearts and brings the joy,
    Day of the most beautiful memories,
    More beautiful day of the year.”
    Washington Irving


  2. Wishing you a merry Christmas and happy New Year from Hyde

  3. Festive greetings from Sydney 2006!

  4. Merry Christmas, Buon Natale!


  5. Merry Christmas!

  6. love these old pics. look at santy’s beard! a cheap cotton wool version i suspect. and what a fine gent your great uncle was!

  7. Stuck in Sydney this time of the year? Hummmm. Somehow I don’t think your mate is in a hurry to get back!

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