On this day: Mount Lamington Erupts

On the 18th of January, 1951 Mount Lamington in Papua New Guinea, just north of Australia, began to erupt.

A jeep stuck up a tree. From the collection of the National Library of Australia, Canberra.

On the 18th of January, 1951 Mount Lamington in Papua New Guinea, just north of Australia, began to erupt.

The worst of the devastation came three days later when a violent blast led to the deaths of some 3000 people, and left more than 5000 homeless.

The following year Australian vulcanologist Tony Taylor was awarded the George Cross for his work during the disaster.

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On this day: a final railway journey in England

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The passenger train at Tenterden Town railway station in England runs for the last time on the 2nd of January, 1954. All railway traffic ceased in 1961. The locomotive was built in 1896, and rebuilt in 1908.

Tenterden is in Kent in the south of the country, and the railway opened in the year 1900.

Today, a tourist heritage railway operates.

The Nutcracker, 1950s.

This 1950s image shows dancers of the Borovansky Ballet in the snow scene from The Nutcracker. The company, created by Czech immigrant Edouard Borovansky and his wife Xenia in the 1940s, was used as the basis for The Australian Ballet, which was founded in 1962.

From the National Library of Australia, Canberra.

The Nutcracker Snow Scene 1950s Christmas Czech- born Australian ballet dancer, choreographer and director. AHe and his wife settled in Australia where they established the Borovansky Ba

On this day: Australians in Korea

7th November 1950 Troops from C Company, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR), watch for the enemy while a village in the valley below burns. The village was set on fire b

A village in a Korean valley burns on the 7th of November, 1950 as troops from C Company, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR) look on. They are searching for enemy soldiers.

17 000 Australians served in the Korean War between 1950 and 1953.

The image is from the collection of the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

On this day: Seoul in Ruins

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This photograph, dated the 1st of November, 1950, is from the US Army archives and shows an elderly woman searching through the rubble of Seoul over four months into the Korean War.

It would be more than three years between the beginning of the war and the 1953 armistice. However, Korea remains divided.