What could I share for a Christmas Eve Trove Tuesday? Something Christmassy of course. With many new Western District newspapers now at Trove, I thought I would see what was happening on Christmas Eve in the towns that missed out on a mention in the Christmas posts from the previous two years. The year was 1915 and country was suffering with WW1 and drought .
Coleraine put on the usual Christmas Eve of last minute shopping and the Coleraine Brass Band.
Business was brisk at Casterton and the Casterton Times took the opportunity to rib the pessimists of the district, who I can only imagine had predicted doom for Christmas trading given the events of the time.
Because of electricity restrictions due to the war, some of the shop displays could not be highlighted as well as earlier years.
You would be hard pressed to find most of these goods in a shop in Penshurst these days, but in 1915, Chesswas’ had it all.
For those in Hamilton, if a buggy shaft broke or a horse lost a shoe over Christmas, shanks’ pony would have had to suffice until January 3rd when the coachbuilders, farriers and blacksmiths of the town resumed after their well earned Christmas break.
To finish this Christmas Eve Trove Tuesday post, may I say Merry Christmas to all of you, I greatly appreciated your continued support.