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BORN IN 1962? WHAT ELSE HAPPENED? 55th BIRTHDAY

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AN EXCERPT FROM APRIL, 1962

WHAT HAPPENED TO CRACKER-NIGHT?

Letters, Eileen Wade, Seaforth.  The permitting of the sale of fireworks so long before the day they are intended to celebrate has grown into a public nuisance so monstrous that it is surely high time the Chief Secretary took steps to prevent their indiscriminate sale.

Nobody wishes to deprive children of the joy of fireworks on the proper occasion, but the letting off of crackers of almost detonator magnitude in the streets is becoming a daily occurrence (Sundays no exception), even at night by louts returning from late shows past midnight.

Among those in my street alone, who are feeling the strain of it all, is an elderly invalid, a hospital sister, vainly trying to get sleep during the day before going on night duty, the owner of a small pet dog so unstrung and distraught that twice it has fled from home only to be found wandering in heavy traffic on the main road, trembling and too upset to even bark, a friend who all but lost control of her car when a bunger was flung under it as she was about to start from the kerb.

In order to find out what rights citizens have in this matter I have contacted my local member, Mr Douglas Darby, who informs me he brought this matter up in the House recently only to be designated “a nark and a spoil-sport” for wanting to prevent children having fun – which seems to point to the fact that the present Government has small regard for the rights and welfare of adults who simply want to enjoy peace in their homes.

A strange world indeed when adults’ health is of no account because children must “have fun” when and where they wish at the expense of the community.

Letters, P M Shanks, Pennant Hills.  We arrived in England on May 24, 1960 – Commonwealth Day – and to our surprise found that there were no crackers or fireworks displays.  To us, this seemed peaceful and sensible, and no doubt the children of England do not miss them, having learnt not to expect them.

Letters, R L Josselyn, Darlinghurst.  As one with 12 young grandchildren and wanting them to have all the fun and enjoyment I had in my young days, I wonder if, after last Sunday’s experience, they will survive to fulfil my wish.

Louts (I call them this for the want of a better word) parade the streets in this area at will and delight in throwing large bungers through the windows of ground-floor flats.  At 11 a.m. on Sunday two grandchildren, whom we were minding for the day, were quietly playing in the middle of the lounge-room when an over-size bunger exploded just one foot from where they were and could have blinded them.

I know little can be done to stop this hooliganism, but I suggest strongly that all headmasters of schools should lecture their pupils on the many dangers associated with crackers and perhaps prevent tragedy on May 24.

 


CONTENTS

JAN:  LET'S GET ON WITH 1962

ATTITUDE TO FOREIGNERS

FEB:  ETHICS OF THE PILL                                         

BIRTH CONTROL BY PILL

MAR:  MOTHERHOOD                                                   

PUBLIC INDECENCY

APR:  INDONESIA STILL HUFFING               

RAPIST LAWSON NOW KILLS

MAY:  COMMUNISM VERSUS CAPITALISM - KOREA

WHAT HAPPENED TO CRACKER NIGHT?

JUNE  BRITS AND THE SIX

OUR ASIAN COUSINS

JULY  CHURCHES IN 1962

STATE AID FOR PRIVATE SCHOOLS

AUG:  WEST IRIAN SETTLED

ABORIGINES' LEGAL DRINKING

SEPT:  CUBA ON THE BOIL

COOKING PRAWNS AND LOBSTERS

OCT: MURDERER ROBERT TAIT

CUBAN CRISIS

NOV:  DOCTORS IN COURT

BREAD FROM SEAWEED

DEC: CRUELTY TO BRUMBIES

SUMMING UP 1962

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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