This is the ninth of the 1960s and the nineteenth book overall to be released in a series of 30 about life in Australia – one for each year from 1939 to 1968. 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 1968, Sydney had its teeth fluoridated, its sobriety tested for alcohol with breathalysers, and its first Kentucky Fried. And its first heart transplant. At the same time, the number of postal deliveries per day was reduced from two to one. There was still much opposition to conscription to the Vietnam War, and demos, often violent, were everywhere all the time. One operation in Vietnam saw 20 Australian 20-year-old youths, silly, rascally and lovable, killed in just a few days. The new Prime Minister, John Gorton, announced that no more troops would be sent to Vietnam. The casino in Tasmania was approved, so visiting there became a gamble. We won a small pot of Gold at the Olympics, Lionel Rose became the first Aboriginal to become a World Boxing Champion, and poet Dorothea Mackellar (My Country) died at the age of 82.
Ron Williams is a retired teacher, mathematician, computer-man, political scientist, farmer and writer. He has a BA from Sydney, and a Masters in Social Work and a PhD in Political Science from Hawaii. He currently lives in Wickham in Newcastle, NSW.
* A special 50th birthday gift *These birthday books sell every day of the year * Long back-list * Unique, delightful birthday gift for the hard-to-buy-for * Written by an Australian for Australians *A series of 30 books covering life in Australia in each year 1939-1968 * A birthday book is better than a birthday card * Informative, entertaining, charming conversation starter