Wilson Fernandez is the creator and artist at St. Elizabeth's Parish and has been creating the nativity crib scenes to capture the wonder and essence of Christmas and the birthplace of baby Jesus for many years now.
Back in 2013, the event had its 10th anniversary and this was a major milestone.
Over the years, the traditional Australian Nativity Scene has attracted crowds from all over Australia and from all walks of life. The Nativity Scene has also not only grown in display size but the attention to details has gotten more and more phenomenal.
To make this, Wilson uses several natural materials like soils, stones, clay, straw, plants and bark. When he makes the nativity scene, he gives it the most traditional and authentic impression of being in Bethlehem in the Christ era.
He is very creative and artistically makes the village and township with handmade huts, stables, buildings, bridges, palaces, houses and temples. He then surrounds this with mountains, rocks, lakes and rivers. It is absolutely fabulous and so very clever in the detail.
This nativity scene is also special because it has a theme each week that tells the Christmas story.
The week one display will have the scene of a normal lifestyle that is skillfully created to show up the township with its villagers, store owners, travellers, farmers, animals and more.
This is then followed by the inclusion of Mary and Joseph into Bethlehem. There is, of course, no room at the inn but they eventually manage to stay in a stable, which is the birthplace of Jesus Christ. The angel announces the good news, the shepherds visit the manger, three wise men visit Baby Jesus and then in the last week, the holy family flees to Egypt.
Wilson's work is regarded as Australia's largest and very best nativity scene. This was judged by the community, visitors and parishioners of Melbourne and other Archdioceses.
Wilson spends six months of each year creating this phenomenal display in the church alcove. Wilson has received numerous accolades for this from the Archbishop, the local media and the general public - they turn up in masses to see the exhibit every year.
In 2016, the Australian Nativity Scene was shown on Channel Seven.
You can see a video of this interesting article by clicking here.
Make an appointment and do come along with your family and friends to view this traditional nativity scene. It will be shown at St. Elizabeth's Parish, 107 Bakers Road, Dandenong North. Times are Monday 10th December at 11:00 am until Friday 11th January 2019 at 8:00 pm.
This is a free event, however, prior appointments to see this are highly recommended.
It is suitable for all ages and the following is confirmation of this event:
Visits are recommended with preferably booked prior appointments
Viewing is also available on weekdays and weekends after the normal mass times (Note: Mass duration is approximately an hour)
Mass time on weekdays is from 9:15 am - Tuesday to Friday; Saturday 6:30 pm; Sunday 8:30 am, 10:30 am, and 5:30 pm
To make your appointments, contact Wilson on 0428 927 110 or the parish office on 9795 6217