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.... 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. 



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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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