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Bermagui- 17th November 1937 New South Wales Australia Pacific Coast

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The New South Wales, Australia town of Bermagui is seen here on the 17th of November, 1937.

Southeast of the nation’s capital city, Canberra, Bermagui sits on the Pacific coast.

 

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The future Duchess of Northumberland, Elizabeth Diana Percy (née Montagu Douglas Scott), is photographed here at the age of thirteen. 6th November 1935.

From the collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Elizabeth Diana Percy, Duchess of Northumberland (née Montagu Douglas Scott; 20 January 1922 – 19 September 2012)

Memorial to the Great Purge

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Today is Dziady in Belarus, which is both a Slavic feast day and the day Belarusians commemorate hundreds of thousands killed in Stalin’s Great Purge during Soviet control of the nation.

Not long before the collapse of the Soviet Union, historian Zianon Pazniak revealed the extent of the executions in the Kurapaty forest near the capital city, Minsk.

At least 30 000 people were killed in Kurapaty between 1937 and 1941, but some estimates put the number as high as 250 000.

People who attended the first commemoration – in 1988 – were attacked by the police, and to this day Kurapaty is not publicly mentioned by the pro-Russian government (run since the 1990s by dictator Alexander Lukashenko).

Pazniak fled the country in 1996 and was granted political asylum in the United States.

On this day 80 years ago

This image is of Manhattan, New York on the 26th of October, 1938. It shows 20th Street between Second and First Avenues.

While the USA marked the introduction of minimum wage laws that month, Nazis were marching into the Sudetenland and expanding the Nuremberg Laws to ban Jews from many public spaces, while the Imperial Japanese Army was overtaking Canton in China.

East_20th_St_northside_towards_1st_Ave_1938East 20th Street between 2nd Avenue and 1st Avenue, looking east towards 1st Avenue, in Manhattan, New York City in 1938

 

 

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Winner_of_the_Sirens_of_the_Surf_competition,_Miss_Bonnie_Orchard,_Gold_Coast,_1936_(4903167283)Winner of the Sirens of the Surf competition, Miss Bonnie Orchard, Gold Coast, 1936. Queen

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Miss Bonnie Orchard, the winner of the Sirens of the Surf competition on the 5th of October, 1936. The competition took place in springtime at the holiday resort of the Gold Coast in the state of Queensland in Australia’s north.

The image is credited to George Jackman.

Eighty Years Ago: Australia’s Women’s National Emergency Legion is Formed

Horsewoman in the Australian Women’s Emergency Legion. September 1939. X

The Women’s National Emergency Legion, an auxiliary organisation in Australia during the Second World War, was formed in September of 1938.

Based in Brisbane, Queensland, only women of British origin were allowed to join.

Article from The Morning Bulletin. Rockhampton. 18 November 1938.

Women considered eligible were provided with training in areas considered necessary to the war effort, such as first aid and truck driving.

Miss Tony Mitchell at Somerville House in Brisbane, 1942. Mitchell drove cars and trucks for the US Army. X

When war broke out in the Pacific at the end of 1941 women were attached to US military units to work as drivers and clerks. They also worked for British and Dutch units based in Australia.

The organisation ceased operations a couple of years after the end of the war.

On this day: a Charity Concert in Ireland

Tuesday 2nd September 1930,_County_Waterford,_Ireland,_1930sThese girls (fairies wood nymphs) were rehearsing for a charity performance organised by Lady Irene Graham of Mount Congreve,

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This photograph shows girls dressed in costume for a charity performance in the village of Kilmeaden in County Waterford, Ireland. Tuesday 2nd September, 1930.

The performance was organised by Lady Irene Graham of Mount Congreve, a Georgian mansion in the district.