100 years ago,
New Year's Eve
was celebrated in slightly different ways,
but has anything really changed?
" In no suburb is the dawn a New Year celebrated as it is in Manly. Last night, when the old year expired "by effluxion of time", there were fully 5000 persons in the principal thoroughfare of the Corso. The Manly Band, which had been playing various selections during the evening, just on the stroke of midnight, played the hymns, "Lead Kindly Light", "Abide With Me", and "A Day's March Nearer Home". Then as the hour was striking everyone clasped hands, forming a tremendous ring, and sang "Auld Lang Syne". The proceedings closed with the singing of the National Anthem.
THE OLD YEAR PASSES
The passing away of the old year and the dawn of 1917 were celebrated without any display of hilarity, New Year's Eve falling on a Sunday. Following an old custom, watchnight services were held in several of the city churches. A good many people remained astir until the midnight hour had struck, and the new year was ushered in by the exchange of good wishes for a happy and prosperous new year.
Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW. 1888-1954) Mon 1Jan 1917
USHERING IN THE NEW
NEW YEAR'S EVE.
IN BROKEN HILL.
New Year's Eve last night, although
not so lively in Broken Hill as in
former years, mainly on account of it
falling on Sunday, was celebrated in
public by a large section of the com-
munity in various ways. The Scottish
Piper's Band was the first on the scene,
and the skirl of the pipes as the bands-
men marched through the streets at-
tracted a large crowd. The band gave
several selections at the intersection of
Argent and Lodide streets. Later the
Irish Pipers' Band did a tour of the
city in a motor-lorry, and the
Broken Hill Band also played the old
year out-and the new year in. Bands
of carol singers and revellers likewise
paraded the streets. At midnight there
was the usual great noise caused by
the mine whistles and the letting off of
fireworks and bombs in almost every
quarter of the city. In many of the
churches watchnight services were conducted.