Icons of the Australian Christmas

A Sandman / Snowman

A sandman / snowman

Every since commencing this web site in 1998 I have been looking for images that illustrate the way that Australians celebrate the summer season of Christmas.


In 2005 Caroline Slack produced a range of Christmas seals for the Australian Lung Foundation. The seal shown here shows a snowman built from beach sand with that well known bird from the sea-shore, a sea gull, perched on its head. The 'sand-man' is wearing a broad brimmed hat for protection from the sun. The red and white scarf and the carrot nose indicate the link to the traditional snowman.


I have never seen a sand 'snowman' but the image brings together the facts of an Australian Christmas of heat, sun and the traditional snowman of northern hemisphere countries.


Surf Life Saving Australia Shortly after writing the above a commercial appeared on the television showing a 'sand-man'. Perhaps the custom is growing.


In 2014 while looking for a spot to load another Australian icon to my site I realised that the colours that the sandman is wearing are the colours of another Australian Institution, Surf Life Saving Australia

Santa's cap floating on a swimming pool

Santa's cap floating on a swimming pool on a sunny day is an images that depicts an Australian Christmas.

Fairy penguins Another image appeared in 2007. It deserves a special page, see penguins, in many varieties.