Happy Father’s Day to all the past and present fathers in my family tree
On 10 December 1913, the ‘Adelaide Advertiser’, reporting the creation of the special day in the United States, took a rather scornful tone, joking that having lost their status as head of the household fathers would resent the new attention and decline to wear a rose. They would be very adequately identified as fathers anyway by being obliged to pay family income tax.
The first mention of Father’s Day in the Australian press seems to be nearly a hundred years ago in a mention in the Adelaide Register of 10 December 1913 based on a search of the National Library of Australia’s Trove newspaper database using the keywords “Fathers day” and “first Sunday”.
It is a very bah humbug approach buried on page 12 and referencing the new creation of the United States and quoting the New York Post:
|FATHER’S DAY. (1913, December 10). The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 – 1929), p. 12. Retrieved August 31, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article57131432|
There is a slightly earlier article along the same lines in the Sunday Times (Sydney, NSW : 1895 – 1930) Sunday 7 December 1913 on page 8.
The next article coming up on my search of Trove is from The Daily News of Perth in November 1922:
|CONGREGATIONAL. (1922, November…|
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