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NEW TITLES (the ONES): PAGE ONE | The 1940's : PAGE TWO | THE 1950's: PAGE THREE | THE 1960's: PAGE FOUR | HARD COVERS: PAGE FIVE





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THIS IS A HARD COVER BOOK. In 1960, Oz women were said to be drunks, and Princess Margaret can now expect to have free photos. The concept of male nurses was raised. William Dobell tricked the Art World, and two especially gory murders were committed in Maitland. And, can you believe it, a few lucky men were admitted to hospitals during labours of women. Has the new idea of the equality of the sexes gone too far?

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In 1963. The bodies of Bogle and Chandler mystified police and still do so. The Queen popped in and knighted Bob, now Sir Bob Menzies. Initiation ceremonies to universities and the military vexed some caring mothers, and the Labour Party was ridiculed for listening to 36 faceless men. A learned professor suggested that this fair land should take in 50,000 negroes as migrants. John Kennedy, President of the USA, was shot dead.

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1966. The Vietnam War started to heat up in January, and got hotter as the year progressed. Our young 20-year old boys were conscripted via a birthday lottery and, by year end, 60 were dead. Joern Utzen ran up too many bills at the Sydney Opera House, so his resignation was accepted. President Johnson came all the way to Australia, roller games on TV were shockers, and our cemeteries were no places for the living.

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In 1969. Hollywood produced a fake movie that showed a few Americans walking on the moon. Paul Keating just got a seat in Canberra. Thousands of people walked the streets in demos against the Vietnam War, and HMAS Melbourne cut a US Destroyer in two. The Poseidon nickel boom made the fortunes of many, and the 12-sided cupro-nickel 50cent coin filled the pockets of our new but ubiquitous jeans. Oz Magazine died an untimely death.

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In 1961, the term New Australian was no longer politically correct. The States still would not allow petrol vending machines. We all thought that Mrs Aeneas Gunn would never die, but she did. The Sydney University denied that its Philosophy Department was a centre for free love, and the Brits were talking about joining a Common Market with Britain. Ten Pin Bowling was laying them in the lanes, people were up in arms over Russia resuming nuclear testing. American visitors thought that our public lavatories stank.

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In 1964. HMAS Voyager, an Australian destroyer, was sunk in a collision with the air-craft carrier, Melbourne. Stamp collecting was disappearing as a hobby, wine was no longer plonk,and mothers were aging war on old-fashioned tuck-shops. The Beatle cult was angering some people. The Tab: to be on not to be? Can true Reds get fat? Did Billie Graham have lasting effects? Prostitution was proposed as a safety valve against rape. Judy Garland got bad Press in Melbourne and left Oz in a sulk.

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1967. Postcodes were introduced, and you could pay your debts with a new five-dollar note. You could talk-back on radio, about a brand new ABS show called "This Day Tonight." There was no point in talking any more to the Privy Council. Unemployment was at 1.8 per cent. Getting a job was easy. Arthur Calwell left at last. Whitlam took his place. The Labour Party was about to be re-born. Harold Holt drowned, and Menzies wrote his first book in retirement.

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THIS IS A HARD COVER BOOK. In 1970, President Nixon's war in Vietnam, and now Cambodia, was getting unpopular in the USA and Oz. We decided to take our 8th Battalion home. Westgate Bridge fell into the water and killed 35 workmen. The Queen, Prince Phillip, and two kids came to Oz. They liked it, so the Pope came later. Margaret Court, John Newcombe, Shane Gould, and Raylene Boyle all did well overseas, and made us think we were world-beaters.There were 13 million people and 180 million sheep in Oz. The Indian Pacific made its first trip across the nation.

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In 1962,the bodies of Bogle and Chandler mystified police and still do so. The Queen popped in and knighted Bob, now Sir Bob Menzies. Initiation ceremonies to universities and the military vexed some caring mothers, and the Labour Party was ridiculed for listening to 36 faceless men. A learned professor suggested that this fair land should take in 50,000 negroes as migrants. John Kennedy, President of the USA, was shot dead.

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Is the woman's place in the home? Winston Churchill died. Maybe we should cancel Anzac Day marches. Freedom Rides were exposing the treatment of Aborigines. Hemlines are going up, exposing spiritual knees and legs. Dawn Fraser took the flag in Japan, Mavis Bramston was staged, and ball-point pens were not coming to a school near you. Alphabet soup was filling bowls, and school projects were irritating.

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1968. Sydney had its teeth fluoridated, its sobriety tested with breathalisers, and its first Kentucky Fried and first heart transplant. There was much violent opposition to the Vietnam War and demos were everywhere all the time.The casino in Tasmania was approved. We won a pot of gold at the Olympics, Lionel Rose became the first Aboriginal to become a World Boxing Champion, and poet Dorothea Mackellar died.

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COMMENTS FROM READERS
Tom Lynch, Speers Point.Some history writers make the mistake of trying to boost their authority by including graphs and charts all over the place. You on the other hand get a much better effect by saying things like he made a pile. Or every one worked hours longer than they should have, and felt like death warmed up at the end of the shift; I have seen other writers waste two pages of statistics painting the same picture as you did in a few words.

Barry Marr, Adelaide.You know that I am being facetious when I wish the war had gone on for years longer so that you would have written more books about it

Edna College, Auburn. A few times I stopped and sobbed as you brought memories of the postman delivering letters, and the dread that ordinary people felt as he neared. How you captured those feelings yet kept your coverage from becoming maudlin or bogged down is a wonder to me.

Betty Kelly. Every time you seem to be getting serious you throw in a phrase or memory that lightens up the mood. In particular, in the war when you were describing the terrible carnage of Russian troops, for no reason, you ended with a ten line description of how aggrieved you felt and ended it with "apart from that, things are pretty good here". For me, it turned the unbearable into the bearable, and I went from feeling morbid and angry back to a normal human being.








































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