EXCERPTS FROM INTRO TO 1952:
.... The fun started about 1950. After Bob Menzies got
his title of Prime Minister back, the Baby Boomers took over. This horde of revellers were now thinking about their
second child, starting to build in the developing housing estates on the fringes of the cities, and buying a car on hire purchase.
Hills Hoist sales were booming, jobs were easy to get in most years, and most people by now had a 40-hour week. So life
was good and getting better. On top of that, the coming few years saw the embarrassment of a few tall poppis, like Doc
Evatt in the Petrov affair, and Bob Menzies in the Suez Affair. What more could you ask?
The year 1951 had been marred by some serious events. The Korean War was still
going. This was supposedly a civil war, but was really just a test of strength between capitalist America and Communist
Russia and China.... Other tragiec events marred the year. Ben Chifley died suddenly. He was, and still is, much
respected as a Prime Minister, and the nation was much saddened by his death.... A young women, Jean Lee, was convicted of
murder, and was executed. She was the last female to be executed in Australia.
.... But we had some lighter happenings as well. Massive celebrations were held
in January to mark the 50th anniversary of the framing of the Australian Federation. In the suburbs, Sundays were full
of fun as the afternoon nap was destroyed by the sounds of electric mowers by the dozen. Mortgages could be got if you
crawled hard enough to your bank manager. People were getting a decent wage, working conditions were on the improve,
houses could be afforded, barbies were becoming popular, people had thrown off their war-time blues, and the spectre
of impending gloom was replaced by the feeling that anything was possible.... Kids born at that time were off to a good start....
Lets see how 1952 turned out.
JANUARY: SOME THOUGHTS FROM 1951
ATTITUDE TO FOREIGNERS
FEBRUARY: THE COMING ROYAL TOUR
NO SHORTAGE OF
MARCH: BOB IS NOT YOUR UNCLE
APRIL: A-BOMB TESTS AT
THE COLOUR OF HORSES
MAY: TOUGH TIMES IN KOREA
OZ WHALERS READY TO SAIL
JUNE: MORE ON KOREA AND
WOMEN KEEP HOME FIRES BURNING
JULY: A REALLY SICK ECONOMY
EAT AT LUNCH-TIME? SURELY
AUGUST: I CAN JUMP TURNSTYLES
ANTHONY EDEN'S SECOND MARRIAGE
SEPTEMBER: BUILDING IN
OCTOBER: LAST WORD ON
WOMEN ON JURIES
NOVEMBER: KOREA AGAIN
CONTROL OF TV
DECEMBER: CHRISTMAS OR
EXTRA READING -- COMPLETELY OPTIONAL
YOU WILL NOT BE EXAMINED ON ANY OF THIS
ABOUT THIS SERIES … But after that, I realized that I really knew very little about these parents
of mine. They had been born about the start of the Twentieth Century, and they died in 1970 and 1980. For their last 50 years, I was old enough to speak with
a bit of sense. I could have talked to them a lot about their
lives. I could have found out about the times they
lived in. But I did not. I know almost nothing about them
really. Their courtship? Working in the pits? The Lock-out
in the Depression? Losing their second child? Being dusted as a miner? The shootings at Rothbury? My uncles killed in the War?
Love on the dole? There
were hundreds, thousands of questions that I would now like to ask
them. But, alas, I can’t. It’s too late.
Thus, prompted by my guilt, I resolved to write these books. They describe happenings that affected
people, real people. The whole series is, to coin a modern phrase, designed to push the reader’s buttons, to
make you remember and wonder at things
forgotten. The books might just let nostalgia see the
light of day, so that oldies and youngies will talk about
the past and re-discover a heritage otherwise forgotten. Hopefully,
they will spark discussions between generations, and foster the asking and answering
of questions that should not remain unanswered.
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