Christmas Parties & Christmas Presents.

Each year, Fletcher Jones held a staff Christmas party and lots of people have wonderful memories of these parties and the Christmas presents they received. Since 2014, alongside the restoration of the Fletcher Jones Pleasant Hill site, community picnics have been held in the gardens annually in December to echo and celebrate this aspect of Fletcher Jones history.  

"Each year, we received a Christmas present.  One year the men got socks and the women got a box of chocolates, the next year it was stockings for us and chocolates for the men!” Patricia Campbell 

"Each child had a name tag and they were given a present that was wrapped with their name on it.  Margaret Dunne, who worked in Mail Order was the woman who used to organise the Christmas presents.”   Eleanor Anderton who worked for 16 years from 1966-1982 in the FJ office.  

"Bernie Davey from the Fletcher Jones cutting room was the train driver for the train rides at the Christmas parties! Kids got a book and when they got a bit older they got a pen! Lots of people have really great memories of these staff parties in the FJ gardens." 

"My best memories as a kid are of the Fletcher Jones Christmas parties in front of the factory and dancing the hokey pokey!"  Terry Cronin

"I'm still using the casserole dish and ramekin I received as a Christmas gift many, many years ago.  The gifts were always of exceptional quality."  Tim Carlton 

"I've still got the book I got as a kid."   Claire Jennings (see the little movie below)

That’s Bernie Davey (with the glasses) from the Fletcher Jones cutting room giving away the party favours . He was also the train driver for the train rides at the Christmas parties! Kids got a book and when they got a bit older they got a pen! Lots of people have really great memories of these staff parties in the FJ gardens. Photo courtesy of Lost Warrnambool.
Clarice Doman (Adams), Jeanie Dunne, Evelyn Irving (Adams) and Annie Adams enjoying a cuppa in the FJ gardens at one of the Christmas parties, mid 50’s.  Annie worked in kilts, while her daughters Clarice and Evelyn worked in trousers with Jeanie.    Photo shared by Ros Doman.
Christmas Party scene. Photo: Jones Family Collection
1950 FJ staff Christmas Party invite and program.  Shared by Clare Trigg (nee Doecke)
1951 FJ staff Christmas Party Program.  Shared by Clare Trigg (nee Doecke)
"Please wear your name disc.".  Shared by Clare Trigg (nee Doecke)
1952 FJ staff Christmas Party invite.  Shared by Clare Trigg (nee Doecke)
1952 FJ staff Christmas Party program.  Shared by Clare Trigg (nee Doecke)
1953 FJ staff Christmas Party Program.  Shared by Clare Trigg (nee Doecke)
1953 FJ staff Christmas Party Program.  Shared by Clare Trigg (nee Doecke)
FJ staff Christmas Party in the gardens 1952.  Photo:Jones Family Collection
Christmas Party early 1950s. Photo: shared by Clare Trigg (nee Doecke)
Claire Jennings still has the book she received as a child at one of the FJ Christmas Parties.  It inspired a life long interest in children's literature.  Claire is in the FJ gardens with her book at the 2015 community Christmas party in the gardens.  Photo:Bluestone Magazine
97 year old Tim Carlton still uses his casserole and ramekin received at one of FJs Christmas parties many many years ago.
1972 FJ Staff Christmas Picnic in the Gardens  L-R David Jones Jnr, Sir Fletcher Jones, Brenda Anderton (now McPeake) and Lady Aida Jones  (photo loaned by Eleanor Anderton)
42 years later, David Jones and Brenda Anderson in front of the photo of them as children at a FJ Christmas picnic.  This photo was taken at a 2015 community Christmas picnic in the gardens when the first Fletcher Jones Stories Panel was unveiled.  Photo: Colleen Hughson

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