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ID number F04270
Title Xmas party for Children DPR/TV/987
Collection Film
Object types
  • Actuality footage
  • Television news footage
Maker Bull, Malcolm Norman (Cinematographer)
Place made Vietnam: Phuoc Tuy Province
Date made 17 December 1968
Physical description 16mm/b&w/silent
Measurement 8 min 18 sec
Video Download video 36.72 MB
Note Open


Christmas is the happiest time of year for children in many parts of the world even for children in the village of Nam Binh, South Vietnam, where Australian soldiers are helping to make this Christmas just a little more memorable. At a party organised by the members of the 1st Australian Field Hospital at Vung Tau, Corporal Roy Sprake of Salisbury, Qld, who had earlier changed from his role of soldier to that of Father Christmas, handed out presents to the children of Nam Binh village. The children came from throughout the village to see him and to receive presents, ice cream and soft drinks. Father Christmas, and the Senior Army Chaplain at Vung Tau, Major Harry Brennan, handed over gifts of clothing to the village priest, Father Tri. The Priest and several nuns from the village later sorted out the clothing for distribution to local families. The clothing was part of a shipment of 5,000 itmes donated by people in the Singleton area of NSW. The Gifts of clothing were made available through the combined efforts of employees of the Bradmill Mills at Rutherford, NSW, nuns at Singleton convent and wives of the men at the Singleton Army Base. Although about four hundred children, ranging from babies to 13 year olds, received Christmas presents of sweets and religious cards prepared by the men of the Hospital in their spare time, the sight of ice cream, soft drinks, and Father Christmas himself was too much for many, and for a long while the soldiers had their hands full either consoling children or trying to maintain some order in the distribution of the party fare.

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