25 December 1898. The forecast for the annual Eucla Christmas tennis match was a roasting 47 degrees. Luckily, however, a cool south-easterly had set in for the holiday. The town's entire population watched as 2 local teams played doubles, with all competitors putting in 'solid good work'. Excellent volleys brought applause from the crowd and by the final round the spectators were 'properly wound up'.
Following a long day at the match, the bachelors from Eucla telegraph station shared a Christmas feast. At 8 pm the Christmas concert at the Eucla hall opened with Mr Weller singing 'Tell her I love her'. After a poem recital, a banjo duet was compelled to encore before a ten-minute interval. The Eucla Orchestra played for a time before there was a lively step dance to the banjo. A performer in a 'bewitching' female costume was summoned for an encore before the concert officially closed. Thanks were due to the Ryan family for lending their piano for the festivities.