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In 1940, the Brits thought the War would be a picnic. But they changed their mind after military disasters in Norway, Belgium and Tobruk. German subs were filling the Channel with British shipping, and the Frogs stopped hopping. Then the Hun parked their planes full-time over London, and Blitzed it. But, against all odds, the Poms survived. In Oz, the first Menzies Government rationed food, clothing, petrol, smokes and shirt tails. It introduced conscription for men, internment for Italian men, and stopped the use of pink icing on cakes. Photography was suspect, strikes were almost treasonable..

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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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1939. Hitler bullied Europe, and took over a few countries, and bamboozled the Brits. By the end of the year, most of Europe ganged up on him, and a phony war had millions of men idling in trenches eating their Christmas turkeys. Back home in Oz, the drunkometer was breathlessly awaited, pigeon pies were on the nose, our military canteens were sometimes wet and sometimes dry. Nasho via a lottery was back for young men, Sinatra led his bobby-soxers, while girls of all ages swooned for crooner Bing.

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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 1950, Dugan and Mears used a hacksaw to break out of gaol, robbed banks, shot people and went back to gaol. The War finished five years ago, so it was time to stop petrol rationing. War criminals were hanging out at Nuremberg. Dancing pumps were tripping the light fantastic at The Plaza. Whaling in Australia was big; square dancing was bigger.The US started a war in Korea, and we went along with them. Uranium was found in Australia, but Menzies could not join the Atom Club he craver to enter. The Sara Quads were born and bounced their way to fame. Japs were coming back to Sydney but this time, not in submarines..

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1949. The Reds in China could rest from their Long March, and the Reds in Australia took a battering in the pits. The rabbits ruled the paddocks, and some Churches suffered from outbreaks of dirty dancing and housie. Immigration Minister Calwell crudely enforced the White Australia Policy, so that huge crowds on the beaches were nervous about getting a tan. There was plenty of petrol for motorists in NZ and Britain, but not here, so Bob Menzies cruised to another election win over Labor.

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In 1958, the Christian brothers bought a pub and raffled it; some clergy thought that Christ would not be pleased. Circuses were losing animals at a great rate. Officials were in hot water because the Queen Mother wasn't given a sun shade; it didn't worry the lined-up school children, they just fainted as normal. School milk was hot news though home deliveries of ice was forgotten. Ron Williams' daughter made the cover of this book also.

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In 1960, Oz women were said to be drunks, Princess Margaret can now expect to have free photos taken by a professional photographer, and professional tennis came via Jack Kramer to this fair land. The concept of male nurses was raised, Arthur Calwell's dead hand fell on the Labour Party, William Dobell was said to tricked the Art World on April Fools Day, and two especially gory murders were committed in Maitland. One victim's head was found floating in a river 15 miles away. And, can you believe it, a few men were admitted to hospitals during the labours of women. Has the new idea of the equality of the sexes gone too far? Will matrons loose their tyrannical powers?

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In 1959, Billy Graham called all of us to God. No exceptions. Perverts are becoming gay. The Kingsgrove Slasher was getting blanket press coverage. Tea, not coffee, was still the housewife's friend. Clergy were betting against the opening of TABs. Errol, a Tasmanian devil, died. So too did Jack Davey, Hi Ho. There are recommended three ways to kill a snake. Aromarama is coming to your cinema. Bill Dobell, a Friday-night Wang1 Wangi drinking mate, made the cover of this book.

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HARD COVERS

These nine books are available in hard cover as well as in soft. The content for each pair is the same, the difference is the cover. For a small extra price, the hard cover gives the buyer a better quality product with a better look, and a nicer feel. They have a somewhat larger print for older eyes. They are books that can readily adorn a coffee table. They are suitable for someone who is a bit special on a special occasion.

Book-reading Clubs are finding hard covers attractive, and please note that special rates apply to these Clubs.

All soft-cover books are A5, black and white, about 180 pages, about 240 gms, on quality paper with minimum show-through, Perfect bound, with four-colour cover. Hard covers are slightly larger, except for 1958, which is also A5. They weigh about 350 grams, except for 1958, which weighs 300 grams.








































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