This is the tenth of the 1950s and the sixteenth 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 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 housewifes 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 .
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.
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....
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