Local library revives a dying festive tradition

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Sending Christmas cards is a dying tradition in this age of emails and social media but a special display in the Oamaru Public Library recalls the time when it was common practice.

A dozen or so cards gleaned from the North Otago Museum archives are included in the display.

Organiser Eva Garbutt said in earlier times, people used to have special cards made, which were sent to friends and family.

One of the cards in the display carried the crest of the Queen’s Rifle Volunteers Brigade in 1901 and was sent by prominent Oamaru citizen Captain J. M Forrester to Private H. Keen.

Another prominent Oamaru citizen’s card figures in the display – it’s from Waitaki Boys’ High School rector Frank Milner to Mr Forrester and his wife.

The card bears the school crest and attached to it is a small ribbon of the school colours.

Another interesting card is one sent from Fletcher Taylor to “Nellie” in 1902. Taylor was serving with the 6th NZ Regiment in the Anglo-Boer War.

Chris Meech, of the Oamaru Public Library, assisted in the display. Ms Garbutt said more displays were expected, drawing from the museum archives.

By CHRIS TOBIN