On this day: Tornado damage in Rhode Island

The 1938 New England hurricane formed off the coast of Africa on the 9th, and hit the United States on the 21st of September.

Estimated to have killed at least 682 people, the destruction was photographed at Island Park in Rhode Island on the 22nd.

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The First Fleet

A 1938 image depicting the First Fleet arriving in Australia on the 26th of January, 1788. This was the beginning of European colonisation of the continent, and the 26th is now called Australia Day.

From the collection of the National Library of Australia in Canberra.

Reproduction of John Allcot (1888–1973), The First Fleet in Sydney Cove, January 27, 1788, from The Sydney Mail, January 26, 1938. National Library of Australia, Canberra.

A 1930s Australian Christmas

Christmas in Australia 1938

Enmore Theatre lorry – free Christmas cake to each child, Sat. matinee 24 Dec 1938 / by Sam Hood

Christmas takes on an entirely different meaning when it happens in the middle of summer. However, it’s only in recent years that Australians have started to move away from the classic heavy, wintry British Christmas fare. Pre Second World War, 1930s Australia was (and still is for many) all about the pudding and the roast and the Christmas cake, as illustrated in the picture above.