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                          75th BIRTHDAY



June 5th. New ration books for clothing, tea and sugar will be issued today and tomorrow.  British subjects (includes Australians) must present an identity card, a completed CR7 form, and their old ration books.

Butter will be rationed from June 6th.  Each person will be allocated half a pound a week.

More than 3,000 German and Italian prisoners-of-war are employed in useful work in Oz, the Army announced.

Under a newly gazetted order, disposal or acquisition of new motor vehicles without a permit is prohibited.  Permits will be issued by the Director-General of Land Transport.

The Director of Rationing announced that it was now illegal for any school to require pupils to wear a school uniform. This order applied to all parts of the uniform, including stockings, hats and gloves.  

In Europe, 2,000 tons of bombs were dropped on Dusseldorf, continuing the daily bombing on German cities. An indication of the record number of bombers used is given by the fact that 43 aircraft are missing.  Lest We Forget.

One man died and two other persons were affected by carbon monoxide fumes while they were in vehicles fitted with producer gas units at the week-end.  Remember those devices fitted to the rear of cars, or as gas bags on top?

The Chairman of the NSW Housing Commission said that NSW had 80,000 fewer houses than it needed.

The Department of Health said today that Australians eat too much meat. It claimed that 4 ounces of meat per day was sufficient to keep adults in good health. No mention was made of rationing in the future, but cynics thought that this might be the start of a softening up processs. 




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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.