Image Gallery: Scott Sisters: Designing Christmas cards

The first Australian-themed Christmas cards were designed by Helena Forde (nee Scott). The cards were chromolithographed in a set of twelve and depicted native wildflowers. First advertised in the Sydney Mail on 9 November 1879, they were marketed by the Sydney publishers Turner and Henderson, whose logo appears on each card (although they were probably printed in London). Helena's sister Harriet Scott designed a similar set of twelve the following year. A new version of the cards were reprinted about 1915, featuring the images at a smaller scale on stand-up cards, rather than the original 'postcard' format.