An Australian Christmas: Including the Song "Santa Never Made It Into Darwin"
Poem Without An End
Awhile back, I wrote a hub called "Poem Without An End" where I invited my fellow hubbers to contribute verses to add to a poem I had started. For those hubbers and new followers who I didn't know then or who didn't have a chance to contribute, I ask you to take a look at that hub now and read the beautiful collaborative poem. I thought it would be good to share it again now with another Christmas almost upon us. (It contains acknowledgements to all contributors). Enjoy.
This is an album of some of Australia's favourite sing-a-longs including Santa Never Made It Into Darwin.
I include this album because most of these are classic Aussie songs that I have been brought up with, and it also includes "Santa Never Made It Into Darwin," a song that really resonates with me as I have family who live in that city.
Santa Never Made It Into Darwin
This remains one of my favourite Aussie Christmas songs of all time. Santa Never Made It Into Darwin, by the duo Bill and Boyd.
My youngest son Trent and his family live in Darwin ( the capital of The Northern Territory, Australia) as did my daughter Jody and her family until recently. Being in the tropics and at the very top of Australia, Darwin is very susceptible to the threat of cyclones(typhoons) and has weathered quite a few over the years with just minor damage but nothing compared to what follows.
The city of Darwin was devastated early on Christmas morning 1974 when hit by the tropical weather depression that was given the name Cyclone Tracy. As the eye of the cyclone passed over the city between midnight and 7am on Christmas morning, torrential rain fell and the winds were officially recorded at 217 kilometres per hour prior to the Bureau of Meteorology anemometer being destroyed. Houses and other buildings disintegrated under the onslaught, accompanied by the sounds of flying debris and breaking glass.
Cyclone Tracy killed 71 people, caused A$837 million in damage and destroyed more than 70 percent of Darwin's buildings, including 80 percent of houses. Those still standing suffered severe damage, and all public services – communications, power, water and sewerage – were severed. The cyclone left approximately 41,000 out of the 47,000 inhabitants of the city homeless and required the evacuation of over 30,000 people. Most of Darwin's population was evacuated to Adelaide, Alice Springs, Wyalla, and Sydney, and many never returned to the city. After the storm passed, the city was rebuilt using more modern materials and updated building techniques. Darwin is now one of Australia's most modern cities.
As Christmas 2018 approached there is another cyclone Owen situated and gaining intensity in the Gulf of Carpentaria (just east of Darwin). It is not expected that this cyclone will head towards Darwin, but more likely move down the Queensland coast. Tropical cyclones, however, are unpredictable so Darwinians should not be complacent. Hopefully, everyone stays safe.
Aussie Jingle Bells
Here is something a little more fun to lighten up the mood.
This is the original version and video of Aussie Jingle Bells by Bucko and Champs. I hope you enjoy, it's one of my favourites. Have a wonderful Christmas.