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THERE'LL BE SCORES F&n OF CHRISTMAS BABES ÍÍ3/
HT HE stor-k will work overtime in Melbourne this . , Christmas. ' ; . : '? J"' '- "' Y:: ;F '.;;
Scores of babies, are expected to be born on Christmas Eve
and Christmas Day.' .
Leading maternity hospitals reported ] 'last night that they already had "House j
Full" notices out/
One official said: "I -would not like to say ! - that it, isi a record -± but everyone seems to bc '
packed out. Let's hope holiday makers spare ! a thought for those who will be working flat out in the hospitals.". '
Bethlehem Maternity Hospital, Gardenvale, re ported that it had all the mothers or expectant mothers it could handle for Christmas..;
Some beds in other sec tions of the hospital had been taken over to help, out.
? Mr. R. V. Wines; mana ger of St. George's Hos . . pital, Kew,.. commented:
"We are packed to the dobr with maternity cases.
'More tthan last year'
"We have more patients than we had last Christ mas - and we were really busy then.:
"Everyone of our 31 maternity beds is occupied, so we can \ look forward, to some arrivals over Christ mas." *
Margaret Coles' mater nity hospital has been hard hit by heavy bookings and a seasonal staff shortage.
Its long-range-,tip . for Christmas Day is between 10 and 12 new Australians.
Turkey for the i
CANBERRA,- Tuesday: ! Australian soldiers at home j
and abroad will have a <
special, Christmas dinner, ¡ Sir Eric Harrison, Army J Minister, said today.' This < includes soldiers in Korea, < Japan, and Malaya. j
In Korea, the Christmas ' ]
menu will be roast turkey J and pork, vegetables, Î salads, olives, plum pudr
ding, mince pies, fresh ¡ fruit and sweets, "suppler, j merited by other tradi- i tional fare," Sir Eric said. !
In Malaya and- Japan, j
the normal rations will be
adjusted to include such j things as pork, ham, ice-; I cream, fresh fruit, arid j
plum pudding. j