During the 1930s (through the Great Depression) the city was called “The Lettuce Capital of the World”.
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.
The future Duchess of Northumberland, Elizabeth Diana Percy (née Montagu Douglas Scott), is photographed here at the age of thirteen. 6th November 1935.
Elizabeth Diana Percy, Duchess of Northumberland (née Montagu Douglas Scott) was born on the 20th of January, 1922, to parents the future Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch.
During the Second World War she served in both the Civil Nursing Reserve and the Women’s Royal Naval Service, and worked on the RMS Mauretania and in Australia.
She married Hugh Percy, 10th Duke of Northumberland in 1946 and went on to have seven children. Her husband ascended to the title after his brother, the 9th Duke, was killed in action in the war in 1940.
The Duchess outlived her husband, dying in Surrey, England in 2012.
Newlyweds, the Hamills, pose for a wedding portrait in Northern Ireland on the 17th of October, 1935. The couple also posed with their wedding party, and at the church with their guests. The bride also posed outside her wedding car.
The bride and groom were from the town of Dungannon, the third-largest in County Tyrone.
This photograph, taken on the 8th of September, 1935, shows a mass burial for victims of the 1935 Labor Day hurricane in the United States.
One of the worst hurricanes in US history, some 116 people were buried in this ceremony alone, given military honours. The mass funeral took place at the Woodlawn Park Cemetery in Miami, Florida. A total of 408 people were killed in the disaster.
The Islamorada area of Florida was also devastated, with areas of the railroad (above) severely damaged or destroyed.
Ananda Mahidol, Thailand’s king Rama VIII, died on the 3rd of June, 1946. He was only twenty at the time.
A child when he was elected successor to the throne in 1935, he continued to be educated in Switzerland, not visiting Thailand as king until 1938 when he was thirteen.
The Japanese invaded Thailand the same day in 1941 they bombed America’s Pearl Harbor. The young king was not in the country at the time and did not return home until the end of 1945.
Only six months later a single gunshot was heard, and Ananda Mahidol was found dead.
King Ananda Mahidol and Louis Mountbatten. 19th January 1946.
More than one theory has been put forward as to how this happened.
He was the older brother of Bhumibol Adulyadej, who inherited the title and achieved cult status in Thailand; during his long reign both locals and foreigners were imprisoned for insulting him in any way. Even “liking” a Facebook post was enough for some people to be arrested.
The circumstances around Rama VIII’s death are still debated.