Book; Born in 1974? What else happened? - Ron Williams


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This is  a series of books about life in Australia – one for each year from 1939. 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.

These were striking times in 1974. Whitlam and his Merry Ministers tried to change the world, and did make impressions. Or maybe dents. In any case, inflation and strikes took the wind out of their sails, and their post-election aura was long gone by Christmas. They won an election but did not gain control of Parliament, they were fighting each other as well as the Opposition by then, and then the nation’s economy was a disaster. Jim Cairns was under the spotlight, and so to was Lionel Murphy. Frank Sinatra came and fought and went. Wills were sometimes ignored, mothers went to work if they chose.

ISBN: 9780645182651
Publisher: Boom Books
164 pages

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Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Narelle Murray
Great birthday gift

I bought this for m son’s 50th birthday in June. I also bought a 1954 one for my partner. I loved both of them and sorry I didn’t buy another 1954 for me.

Michael Larymore
Good old days!

Great book that brought back many memories. Bought as a present for someone else and spent too much time reading it myself.


Packed extremely well haven’t opened it as it’s a gift