My thanks to Rex Harris for adding these wonderful Australian Green Men (above and below) to our Flickr group pool. Rex Reports five Green Men at the top of the tower of the Hoskins Memorial Church in Lithgow in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales. The Church was built by John Barr and was completed in 1928.
Architectural Australian Green Men seem to be a rarity and any more sightings from our friends down under would be most appreciated. As you can see from the Traditional Jack-in-the-Green section of this blog the Jack-in-the-Green emigrated to Australia in the 1800s, in many cases accompanying Sweeps’ families heading out to find work in the colonies. Keith Leech’s fascinating Folklore Society publication, Jack-in-the-Green in Tasmania 1844-1873, is an excellent source of material as is Roy Judges book, The Jack-in-the-Green.
That the Green Man appears later than the Jack-in-the-Green in some locations raises some fascinating questions. Although thought to be completely unrelated I wonder if that is the case in the southern hemisphere?
More information and pictures of Green Men and indeed the Traditional Jack-in-the-Green from Australia would be very welcome. I wonder if anyone knows of other churches built by John Barr that might feature the elusive Green Man?