Born in 1951? What Else Happened?

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 160 pages
Author: R. Williams
Year: 2016
ISBN: 9780994601513
Publisher: Boom Books

What made news in Australia in 1951? In 1951, the coal miners funds were declared black. The great mower war disturbed Sundays peace. General MacArthur was given the boot. Hire purchase was buying vacuum cleaners. Sunday films and sport were driving clergy frantic, and farmers were hopping mad over a kangaroo glut.  

This is one in a series of year-by-year books that highlight the social history happenings in Australia at that time. Arranged chronologically by month, Ron Williams has worked his way through newspapers, magazines and other sources and has come up with most of the major events that occurred during the year.

Each volume in the series describes the happenings that affected people, real people, and is designed to make you remember and wonder at things forgotten.They're also designed to get the older and younger generations talking about the past to rediscover heritage that otherwise would be forgotten. 

Preface to this Series
50th Birthday Celebrations
Miner's Strike of 1951
Execution of Jean Lee
Immigration of Germans
The Red Bill
The Great Mower War
Big News from Korea
In the Army Now
Dads Present at Birth
Burgess and MacLean
Chifley Dead
Persian Oil
Hire Purchase
Gibbit the Lot
Sunday Films
Menzies Shot Down
Loyalty to Britain
Rural Matters
Rabbits Galore
Menace of Inflation
Call to the Nation
Tidying Up
Summing up 1951

2 Reviews
  • sibling birthday

    Posted by Christine Ullrich on 30th Jun 2020

    great information on the year of the book - some info throughout the decade

  • We All Have a Story to Tell

    Posted by Ann Tilsley on 3rd Nov 2019

    Several years ago, I discovered that my brother-in-law had taken an interest in his family history and had done some research on his father's paternal line. His parents came out to Australia following WW2, as ten pound Poms and he was the first of three boys to be born in South Australia.He had written nothing about himself. I saw Ron Williams' book 'Born in 1951?' and thought it was a good opportunity to encourage him to write his story. This book will trigger memories of the social history of the time, here and around the country. I hope it inspires him, and anyone else reading it, to reflect on their growing up years, how their parents coped in those post war days and open dialogue with their family and friends about their story.

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