A few things that might take you back to your childhood 61



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Here are a few things that we thought might take you back to your childhood…

All the girls had an uncomfortable school pinafore


It took five minutes for the TV to warm up


Nearly everyone’s mum was home when the kids got home from school


Nobody owned a purebred dog


You’d reach into a muddy gutter for a penny


Your mother wore stockings that came in two pieces


All male teachers wore ties and female teachers had their hair done every day and wore high heels


You got your windscreen cleaned, oil checked and petrol served, without asking, all for free, every time…


It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents.


They threatened to keep children back a year if they failed the school year… and they did!


When a Ford Zephyr was everyone’s dream car… and people went steady.


No one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always in the car, in the ignition, and the doors were never locked.


Spinning around, getting dizzy and falling down was cause for giggles.


Playing cricket with no adults to help the children with the rules of the game.


And with all our progress, don’t you wish, just once, you could slip back in time and savour the slower pace, and share it with the children of today?


Do you have any old photos you want to share from your childhood?

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  1. Oh god those awful school uniforms with gloves,stockings,tie, just about had heat stroke every summer & oh so ugly.

  2. Lovely photos…….yes one vivid memory springs to mind.
    My grade two teachers name was Susan and she was beautiful….I used to stare at her shining dark hair, beautiful clothes and make up and her gorgeous high heels
    One day she told us all about Channel 7 and then announced to a classroom of stunned children…….that she was none other than Carolyn Nobles sister……Miss Susan Noble.
    Wow……I thought …..how wonderful!

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  3. Lyn is right the uniforms were a killer especially the winter uniform, I always had laddered stocking and hitched my tunic up so it looked shorter, my hat was always askew and constantly lost one glove and how about the big bloomers we wore under the sports uniform, they looked like something your grandmother would wear

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    • 😅😂 Oh god I forgot about the big baggy bloomers😩😱..& the hats made your head sweat like hell.

    • And I remember getting detention my first week of High School because the headmistress caught me walking home without my gloves on & I was walking with a boy..he was our next door neighbour I’d grown up with..so stupid back then.

    • Bloomers for sport but I got my periods early I those days, and sports mistress made me climb wallbars. No sympathy

    • I will never forget those bloody bloomers, we had to make our own in the sewing class before we could wear them for sport. SEXY NOT

  4. My childhood. There was no fridge in the house or any of the others in the area until I was 7. There was no car until I was 8 and we were a rare family. I didn’t see TV until I was 19.

    Yes I had a shanghai when I was 4, I got my first air rifle and bike at 5, my first sheath knife at 8. Built my first billycart at 9. We got the telephone when I was 16. Yes caught my first Barra in Jan 1949. Got my own oyster pick and hammer during the same holidays. I still have the hammer.

    Yes life was different but what a fantastic start I had. B|

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  5. I remember the pinnies from friends at the local girls high school. They had a new one to start first form (Yr 7) and kept wearing it until they finished school;

  6. Still the best days of my life!

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    • Child hood & teenage years are always the best years for every generation, they are the carefree days before becoming an adult & all the responsibility that goes with it, I don’t think things were all that much better then, we were just not living in our responsible adult years yet & all the problems that come with it.

  7. I hated life being so slow. Shops closing on Saturday at 12 and reopening Monday andSunday was sacred nothing

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    … and nothing was opened except the church. I like some of the changes but l often wish life would slow down every now and again.

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