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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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1961.The term New Australian was no longer politically correct. Some people preferred wog or dago. State governments still would not allow petrol vending machines. We thought that Mrs Aeneas Gunn would never-never die, but she did. Sydney University denied that its Philosophy Department was a centre for free love, and the Brits were talking about joining a Common Market with Europe. Ten Pin Bowling was here and Americans thought our lavatories stank and they did.

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In 1964. The HMAS destroyer Voyager, 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 waging war on old-fashioned tuck-shops. The Beatle cult was angering some people. The Tab: to be or not to be? Can true Reds get fat? Prostitution was proposed as a safety valve against rape.

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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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1970. This book is being written as we speak. It will be on sale in bookstores in October, 2019.






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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 that 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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