Woodslane 2020 Travel and Outdoor Catalogue
Born in 1943?
What else happened?
- This is the third of the 1940s and the fourth book overall to be released in a series of 32 about life in Australia – one for each year from 1939 to 1970. They describe happenings that affected people, real people. The whole series, to coin a modern phrase, is designed to push your buttons, to make you remember and wonder at things forgotten. The books might just let nostalgia see the light of day, so that oldies and youngies will talk about the past and re-discover 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 1943, Prime Minister Chifley changed his mind. A Jap invasion was no longer on the cards. But he still went on to introduce butter, clothing, and meat rationing. And he said that domestic service was no longer permissible because of labour shortages. But he relented a bit, and allowed most workers a week’s holiday at Christmas. And the blackout covers on all windows could be removed. Though, he added a week later, that they had to go up again. Zoot suits were now for the wearing, fights in city pubs were very popular especially if they involved US servicemen. But fears of Japanese invasion had gone by year’s end.
- Ron Williams is a retired teacher, mathematician, computer-man, political scientist, farmer and writer. He has a BA from the University of Sydney, and a Masters in Social Work and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Hawaii. He writes: “I was born in 1934, so that I can remember well a great deal of what went on around me from 1939 onwards. But of course, the bulk of this book’s material came from research. That meant that I spent many hours in front of a computer reading electronic versions of newspapers, magazines, Hansard, Ministers’ Press releases and the like. My task was to sift out, day-by-day, those stories and events that would be of interest to the most readers.
- * Nothing like this in the market for people who turn 77 in 2020.
* Sell year round.
* Long back-list.
* Unique, delightful birthday gift for the hard-to-buy-for.
* Written by an Australian for Australians.
*A series of 32 books covering life in Australia in each year 1939-1970.
* A birthday book is better than a birthday card.
* Informative, entertaining, charming conversation starter.
* Radio interviews, reviews in magazines and newspapers from September 2019
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