ANZAC Cottage dedicates its last Open Day for 2016, on Sunday, December 4, to those like Private Clayton, who were so far from home on this significant day of the year.
"I have much pleasure in writing to thank you for your kindness in sending a Christmas billy to an Australian soldier. The billy was practically the only reminder we had that it was Christmas time, and it was all the more acceptable for this, as well as for what it contained. The pudding, made it really seem like Christmas, especially as it was the first taste of plum pudding I have had since I first came into camp."
So wrote Private J. Clayton of the 8th reinforcements as he opened his Christmas billy in December 1915.
The "Christmas Greetings from the Front" talks presented by the Friends of ANZAC Cottage will feature extracts from letters and cards written by the servicemen and women revealing their thoughts and longing for home.
The Cottage is open from 1.00pm to 4.00pm with the talk scheduled for 1.30pm and repeated at 2.45pm.
Hear what it was like to communicate before email in time of war, and marvel at the personal attention century old preserved cards and letters illustrate (before the dreaded impersonal 'delete' button).
Entry is free with afternoon tea available for a gold coin donation.