Tea and Sugar Christmas by Robert Ingpen- Signed Editions


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The Tea and Sugar train only came once a week on a Thursday. But the special Christmas train only came once a year.Today was Sunday.Four more days without sugar.Four more days until the Christmas train. Please, please be on time. Please dont be late. Join Kathleen in the outback as she eagerly awaits the Christmas Tea and Sugar train. Will she meet Father Christmas? Will she receive a Christmas gift from him?A delightful, heart-warming story from the National Library of Australia that will intrigue, captivate and introduce readers to a slice of the past.Wonderful sensitive illustrations, including a beautiful double fold-out image showing the shops inside all the carriages.For 81 years, from 1915 to 1996, the Tea and Sugar Train travelled from Port Augusta to Kalgoorlie once a week.It serviced the settlements along the Nullarbor Plain, a 1050-long rail link. It was a lifeline.There were no shops or services in these settlements. The train carried everything they neededa household goods, groceries, fruit and vegetables, a butchers van, banking facilities and at one time even a theatrette car for showing films.The biggest excitement for the children was the first Thursday of December every year, when Father Christmas travelled the line. He distributed gifts to all the children on the way, including those of railway workers, those in isolated communities, and station kids.

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