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Born in 1959? : What Else Happened? - Ron Williams

Born in 1959?

What Else Happened?

Hardcover Published: 5th November 2018
ISBN: 9780648324454
Number Of Pages: 192

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This is a hardcover presentation edition with additional content of the tenth of the 1950s in a series of 31 about life in Australia - one for each year from 1939 to 1969. 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 1959, Billy Graham called us to God. Perverts are becoming gay.

The Kingsgrove Slasher was getting blanket press coverage. Tea, not coffee, was still the housewife's friend. Clergy were betting against the opening of TABs. Errol, a Tasmanian devil, died. So too did Jack Davey. There are three ways to kill a snake. Aromarama is coming to your cinema.

Book Features:

  • Nothing like this in the market for people who turn 60 in 2019.
  • Hard cover presentation edition for special occasion.
  • 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 31 books covering life in Australia in each year 1939-1969.
  • A birthday book is better than a birthday card.
  • Informative, entertaining, charming conversation starter.

About the Author

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.

Industry Reviews


Tom Lynch, Speers Point.....Some history writers make the mistake of trying to boost their authority by including graphs and charts all over the place. You on the other hand get a much better effect by saying things like "he made a pile." Or "every one worked hours longer that they should have, and felt like death warmed up at the end of the shift." I have seen other writers waste two pages of statistics painting the same picture as you did in a few words....

Barry Marr, Adelaide....you know that I am being facetious when I say that I wish the war had gone on for years longer so that you would have written more books about it...

Edna College, Auburn.... A few times I stopped and sobbed as you brought memories of the postman delivering letters, and the dread that ordinary people felt as he neared. How you captured those feelings yet kept your coverage from becoming maudlin or bogged down is a wonder to me....

Betty Kelly. Every time you seem to be getting serious you throw in a phrase or memory that lightens up the mood. In particular, in the war when you were describing the terrible carnage of Russian troops, for no reason, you ended with a ten line description of how aggrieved you felt and ended it with "apart from that, things are pretty good here." For me, it turned the unbearable into the bearable, and I went from feeling morbid and angry back to a normal human being....

Alan Davey, Brisbane....I particularly liked the light-hearted way you described the scenes at the airports as the American high-flying entertainers flew in. I had always seen the crowd behaviour as disgraceful, but your light-hearted description of it made me realise it was in fact harmless and just good fun....

Finally, let me apologise in advance to anyone I might offend. In a work such as this, with so many painful memories all round, it is certain some people will think I got some things wrong. I am certain I did, but please remember, all of this is only my opinion. And really, my opinion does not matter one little bit in the scheme of things. I hope you will say "silly old bugger," and shrug your shoulders and read on.

January: Good Times Ahead?
Macfarlane Burnett And Asians
February: Billy Graham's Call To God
Indonesia? Where's That?
March: Billy Is Still Here
What Happened To Our Tea?
April: Richardson Report
Are Politicians Worth It?
May: New Guinea Violence
June: Wolfenden's Report On "Gays"
Liberace And His Bank
July: Max Stuart's Trials
A Little Bit Of Cold War
August: Stuart Royal Commission
Men Under The Hammer
September: Kingsgrove Slasher
The Wide Blue Yonder
October: Simmonds And Newcombe
Mr And Mrs K In Usa
November: A Day In The Bush
Snakes (Not) Alive
December: Drink Driving Tests
Max Stuart's Verdict

ISBN: 9780648324454
ISBN-10: 0648324451
Series: Born in 19xx? What Else Happened?
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 5th November 2018
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.45

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