On this day …… 29th January 1932

The Lady Loch has set of on her quarterly round of the Victorian and Tasmanian lighthouses. To tho children living in these Isolated areas she is known as the Santa Claus ship. At this time of the year there is something more than household stores on hoard. Books, dolls, beads, almonds and raisins, and a variety of toys form part of the cargo. More than 80 children will participate in the pleasure of receiving these gifts, which have been Bent from Victoria, so that, in their Isolation, they will not be cheated of the pleasure of receiving some thing from Santa Claus. Through the enthusiasm of Miss Alice, Orrong Road, Elsternwick, a consignment of good has been forwarded as Christmas gifts to the lighthouse children for the last eight years. This time parcels of fancy work have been included,’ so that the mothers will not feel neglected. Eager eyes will scan tho horizon for a first glimpse of the Santa Claus ship long before the Lady Loch ls due. It will not be long before the children at Cape Otway and Gabo Island will be opening their, parcels, but the bairns in the lonely spots along the Tasmanian coast will still have to bide a week.


Six thousand children and parents watched Santa Claus land by a helicopter for a Christmas party being given by a rubber company.  Santa, Perry McConnaugh (63), a company employee tossed a bag of toys over his shoulder, climbed from the helicopter and started walking towards the crowd.  He suddenly waved, staggered and fell.  McCaonnaugh died before doctors could reach him, apparently dying of a heart attack.



A human skeleton was the strangest Christmas present received in Sydney. An Australian airman serving in the Middle East sent the skeleton complete to a girl living on the North Shore. She recently began medical studies, and in a letter mentioned that a skeleton was unprocurable in Sydney. Back came a letter to say that a “body” had been despatched in three boxes: The girl has never met her airman benefactor, but they became acquainted three years ago through a “letters from home” organisation, of which she is a member. Another unusual gift received was a large potato sack full of manure. It was tied with a huge bow of pink satin ribbon, and tipped with a sprig of holly. Santa Claus delivered this austerity present to a woman garden enthusiast at Vaucluse, with greetings from a country gentleman garden enthusiast more than 200 miles away at Inverell. The recipient was delighted.



While wearing a Santa Claus costume in a city store, John Little, well-known baritone, collapsed and died.


With 10 days until Christmas 2015, the Twisted History team thought we would try and find some weird and wonderful stories of Christmas to share with you!

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