Icons of the Australian Christmas
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.
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