On the Clarence River, in the north of New South Wales, Australia, Grafton received city status in 1885.
From 1934-35, the first women’s test series in cricket was played by England against Australia and then New Zealand.
The first test was played in Brisbane from the 28th to the 31st of December, 1934.
The tour was documented in a series of photographs that are now in the collection of the National Library of Australia in Canberra.
Official England tour portrait.
These images show survivors of the sinking of the Nazi German battleship Scharnhorst, after being rescued and kept prisoner on board Britain’s HMS Duke of York.
Sunk during the Battle of the North Cape on the 26th of December, 1943, only 36 of a 1968-man crew were rescued. The first image shows an injured German being transported for medical treatment. The second image shows other survivors under guard.
The manor house of Cheylesmore, England in a watercolour and ink painting by William Henry Brooke, dated the 25th of December, 1820. Parts of the building date back to the year 1250, and some of its most famous residents were Edward, the Black Prince and Henry VI.
Unfortunately, much of what did survive the Second World War was demolished in a development project in the 1950s.
Cheylesmore now makes up part of the southern half of the city of Coventry in the West Midlands.
25th December 1914: British and German officers pose for a photograph in No-Man’s Land during the famous unofficial Christmas truce in the first year of World War One.
For one day soldiers put down their weapons and celebrated the holiday with their enemies.
The British officers pictured here are from the Northumberland Hussars, 7th Division, Bridoux-Rouge Banc Sector.
Bethlehem. 25th December 1898: A man and a woman recreate the approach of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem. At the time the city was ruled by the Ottoman Empire.
Christmas Morning (1885) by British painter Charles William Mansel Lewis