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
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
JAN: LET'S GET ON WITH 1962
ATTITUDE TO FOREIGNERS
FEB: ETHICS OF THE PILL
BIRTH CONTROL BY PILL
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
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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