Autumn Family Program

Gifts in a Billy


Join us for this hands-on play and making session.

December 1915: Sad and weary after their long struggle on the Gallipoli peninsula, the Anzacs were cheered up by the arrival of billies full of useful and comforting Christmas gifts, packed and sent by Australian children. One observer wrote: “The men were sitting around all over the place on the ground going through their billies, telling each other what they’d got. Some of them were trying to re-pack their booty but found they couldn’t get all the contents back in the billies again.”

If you packed a hamper to send around the world to a soldier, what would you put inside? Experiment with our billies and a selection of items just like the ones sent to Anzacs in 1915, and make a letter or drawing about yourself to include in the package.

  • Dates: Monday 3 April to Friday 7 April, Monday 10 April to Thursday 13 April 2017
  • Times: Sessions start 10.30am and run for one hour.

This program has been designed for children aged 4 to 10 years.
Free donations welcome.
Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.
Group sizes will be limited to small groups of 15 (children and adults).
Meet at Reception in the Visitor Centre.