Stirling Nativity Re-enactment

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Stirling Nativity scene, c1980s

Text: Karen Agutter

Image: MLDHS collection

This photograph is of the annual Stirling Nativity Re-enactment which was a very popular event for the residents of the Mt Lofty District.

The first re-enactment took place in 1967. The initiative for the event came from the Catholic Church, and in particular Mrs Lilian Schuman, however the organising of the re-enactment soon became multi denominational. Each year the traditional Christmas story was re-enacted by community members. Participants and audience members also enjoyed singing Christmas carols. Much to the delight of many children, animals were often used as part of the performance, including a sheep and a donkey.

The audience, who generally came armed with picnic rugs, food and drink, gathered on the hillside of the natural amphitheatre of Apex Park (Merrion Terrace, Stirling). The re-enactment began just after sunset and the glow of candles was a beautiful site.

Unfortunately we have very little information about the people in this photograph with the exception of the lady playing the angel who we believe to be Annie Luur Fox.

The MLDHS Archive holds a collection of photographs of the event but we would love to hear from you. What memories do you have of this popular annual event? Do you know anyone in this photo? Were you involved in the organisation of the re-enactment? Contact us or drop into the History Centre at the Coventry Library, 63 Mount Barker Road, Stirling.