The Argus was a major daily Melbourne newspaper that was published from 1846 until 1957. State Library Victoria holds a collection of over sixty thousand photographs from The Argus, 15,000 of which have been digitised.
When The Argus ceased publication in 1957, their extensive photographic files were transferred to The Age. In 1976, Fairfax donated the collection to the State Library of Victoria. The collection consists of mostly WWI and WW2 material relating to Australia. The below images were chosen from among the 165 Christmas-related pictures from the Argus Collection available in our digital image pool.
[Sgt. G. Spedding enjoying Christmas dinner at Caulfield Military Hospital],
ca. 1940-ca. 1941. H98.100/3885.
Cpl. A. B. Clack on Xmas leave from New Guinea with his wife & child, H99.201/5286A
[Bomb damage to hospitals London World War II.] ca. 1941-ca. 1943, H99.205/1254.
An Empire Xmas party was held at the Empire Rendezvous in London, H99.205/315
Christmas ship arrives with Australian servicemen from New Guinea ca. 1945, H99.201/1552
Xmas [i.e. Christmas] mail for BCOF troops has arrived in Japan, H98.100/217
BANZCISA Club holds a Christmas party for Japanese orphans, Tokyo Japan. ca. 1953, H2002.199/3146
[Ukranian Christmas Mass St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne], H2002.199/514
At 2 Bn The Royal Australian Regiment in Korea Santa Claus toured the whole area on Christmas Day in the Fire-Marshall’s jeep. H98.103/4699
Australian armed forces in Korea. ca. 1950-ca. 1955, H2002.199/3503
A white Christmas … for ground crew men of No. 77 Squadron, RAAF, in Korea., ca. 1952, H2002.199/3089
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