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Myer Christmas Windows

Each Christmas in Melbourne brings a shop window display at Myer's southern frontage in the Bourke Street Mall. First held in 1956, the windows have become an institution of Melbourne Christmas. They were the brainchild of Fred Asmussen, who had been in charge of dressing the Bourke Street windows from 1939. The windows have an appeal across generations, as parents and grandparents, remembering trips to the windows in their childhood, continue the tradition with their own children. Bringing to life popular stories and Christmas themes through the use of innovative lighting, costumes and mechanisation, the windows follow in the tradition of a variety of moving window displays (for example, the tapping man). The scenes begin in the menswear window by the General Post Office. Asmussen's last window was The Butterfly Ball in 1974.

Myer Christmas windows: 1956-2004
1956Santa and the Olympics
1957The Nutcracker
1959Famous fairy tales
1960I dreamed of Christmas in different lands
1961Alice in Wonderland
1962Santa's journey into space
1964Peter Pan
1965Swan Lake
1966Arabian Nights
1967Chinese fairy tales
1968It's a small world
1969Sleeping Beauty
1970Snugglepot and Cuddlepie
1971Disney on parade
1972Christmas around the world
1974The Butterfly Ball
1975The twelve days of Christmas
1976Peg Maltby's fairy tales
1977The Snow Queen
1978Snow White and the seven dwarfs
1979An international Christmas
1980A woodland Christmas
1981Sinbad the sailor
1982Gilbert and Sullivan
1983A bear's Christmas
1984Around the world in eighty days
1985Fairy tales
1986Nursery rhymes
1987Myer bear celebrates Christmas
1989Alice in Wonderland
1990Peter Pan
1992Snow White and the seven dwarfs
1993The Wizard of Oz
1994Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer
1995May Gibbs: the Gumnut Babies
1996The retrospective
1997Beatrix Potter
1998Graeme Base: The eleventh hour
1999Roald Dahl: Charlie and the chocolate factory
2000Charles Dickens: A Christmas carol
2001Kenneth Grahame: Wind in the willows
2002The twelve days of Christmas
2003Dr Seuss: How the Grinch stole Christmas
2004Chris Van Allsburg: The polar express
2005James Patterson: The Santa Kid
2006Mem Fox: Wombat Devine
2007Graeme Base: Uno's garden

Andrew May

Lawson-Black, Pat, Making magic: Forty years of fun: the Myer Christmas Windows, Myer Stores Limited, Melbourne, 1996. Details