An early Christmas in Australia

Children pose with Santa Claus in New South Wales, Australia on the 10th of November, 1941. Australia had been at war for more than two years.

Photograph by Sam Hood.

Children pose with Santa Claus in New South Wales, Australia on the 10th of November, 1941. Australia had been at war for more than two years.Sam_Hood

 

 

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On this day…

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)

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.

On this day: a school in Ireland

The Carrickfergus Model School in County Antrim, Ireland (now Northern Ireland) is seen here on the 19th of July, 1907. The school opened in the Victorian era, and is still running today.

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Carrickfergus_Model_School,_County_Antrim_(9835994746) Photograph of Carrickfergus Model School, County Antrim. Northern Ireland. 19th Jul7 1907.

A Wartime Christmas

Christmas_Party_For_Trooper_Devereux's_Daughter-_Christmas_in_Wartime,_Pinner,_Middlesex,_December_1944_Mrs Devereux and her 12 year old daughter Jean sit quietly together beside the Chr

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Mrs Devereux and her twelve-year-old daughter Jean at their home in Pinner, Middlesex, England in December of 1944.

The Christmas tree was a present from Mr Devereux, who was serving overseas in the war, and was organised through a YMCA initiative.

More photographs of the family’s Christmas can be found HERE.

Wartime Christmas, 1944.

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Christmas in London in 1944, the last Christmas of the Second World War. The caption for the image reads:

At the Canning Town settlement, Derek Cunningham receives a Christmas card and savings stamp. In addition, he is holding a paper bag containing a new toy and some sweets, donated as Christmas gifts by America through the British War Relief Society.

From the collection of the Imperial War Museums.

On this day: the Christmas season during the war

The_British_Army_in_North-west_Europe_1944-45_B12586'St Nicholas' arrives on a Sherman ARV as part of St Nicholas Day celebrations in Rucphen, near Roosendaal in Holland, 6 December 1944

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6th December 1944: Only weeks after the region’s liberation from Nazi occupation, the British Army takes part in a Saint Nicholas Day event in Rucphen, near Roosendaal in the Netherlands.