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.
January 1953: Evelyn Stillwell teaches a ballet class in Sarasota, Florida, USA.
Photographed by Charles Barron.
9th-10th January 1940: Members of the Second Australian Imperial Force boarding ships in Sydney to travel to the Middle East. These soldiers defeated the Italians in North Africa. Second World War.
East German figure skating star Katarina Witt is photographed here on the 9th of January, 1982. She was sixteen years old when the picture was taken.
Witt went on to win both the World and European titles that year. Two years later she won her first of two Winter Olympic gold medals, at the Sarajevo Games.
6th January 1941: A column of Italian soldiers, captured after their defeat by combined Australian and British forces, are marched to an army base after the Battle of Bardia in Libya.
Bardia was the first battle planned and commanded by Australians in the Second World War. Italy was aligned with Nazi Germany in the war.
This aerial photograph of Bamburgh Castle with its grounds blanketed in snow was taken in January of 1959.
The castle, in Northumberland, a county in north-east England, has been the site of a fortress for over 1500 years.
This photograph was taken on the 1st of January, 1962, at the entrance of Golders Green station in London’s north. There had been heavy snowfall to start the year.