Born in 1965? What Else Happened?

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 164 pages
Author: R. Williams
Year: 2019
ISBN: 9780648641178
Publisher: Boom Books

This is another volume in the "Born in ... series" about life in Australia. Each volume describes the happenings that affected the everyday people in our country. The whole series, to coin a modern phrase, is designed to push your buttons and to make you remember and wonder at things forgotten. The compiler also hopes that the the older and younger generations will talk about the past and rediscover a heritage otherwise forgotten. Hopefully, they will spark discussions between generations, and foster the asking and answering of questions that should not remain unanswered.

In 1965 the question was asked is the woman's place in the home?, also Dawn Fraser will not swim the next Olympics, Winston Churchill died; relatives from Gallipoli and Greece and Crete did not all mourn. Maybe we should cancel Anzac Day marches because of heavy drinking. Freedom Rides were exposing the treatment of Aborigines. Hemlines are going up, exposing “spiritual knees and legs”. The Mavis Bramston Show was staged, and ball-point pens were not coming to a school near you. Alphabet soup was filling bowls, and school projects were irritating corporations.

Arranged chronologically by month, Ron Williams has made his way through newspapers, magazines and other sources and has come up with most of the major events that occurred during the year. 

Preface to this Series
Where should women be?
Death of Winston Churchill
End of Anzac marches
Oz freedom rides
Dawn Fraser in Japan
Birth control
Bag pipes
Mavis Bramston Show
Vietnam War is still building
Mercy killing
Alphabet soup
Medals for the Beatles
The wharfies
Some brave new ideas
Better deal for punters
White Australia policy
Who wears the pants?
The giving of blood
The Melbourne Cup
Churches, Concies, and Dissonance
Tidying up Vietnam
Summing up 1965

1 Review
  • Fascinating

    Posted by Barbara Joy on 14th Aug 2020

    Born in 1965 is a most interesting and complete history of the sorts of things that would interest anyone who lived through those times.

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