They don’t make backyards like they used to!
Long before the days of iPads and video games, Aussie kids spent a lot of time in the backyard of their own home and that of friends – if they weren’t out in the streets, playing there instead.
While modern houses still have backyards, it’s fair to say that they’re not the same as they once were. Large areas where you’d play football or a game of cricket are typically replaced by stylish patios and matching outdoor settings. Then there were the items that most Millennials wouldn’t be able to even identify, some of which we’ve pictured below.
Which one of these did you have in your backyard as a kid?
Ah, who could forget the good old thunderbox? Some houses had them right up to the 1970s.
Remember the Hills Hoist? The adjustable rotary clothes line was perfect for hanging out large items, and of course some kids couldn’t resist swinging off them as they spun round.
If you didn’t have a Hills Hoist, chances are you grew up around a twine or rope clothes line, propped up by a plank of wood or forked branch trimmed to the right height. You may even remember your mother or father having to adjust the rope when heavy clothes weighed it down, so they didn’t scrape on the ground.
Back in the day before Jim’s Mowing, most families kept their own yards and gardens in order, either by using a rotary mower or one of the pull-string variety. Or they put the kids to work doing so!
Remember having to crank one of these in order to wring water from wet clothes? Before washing machines with fast spin cycles were introduced, using a clothes mangle was the fastest way to reduce drying time.