What were you doing in 1979? 28



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The year was 1979 and Australia was full of young baby boomers hard at work raising their kids and enjoying some very questionable fashion choices!

So many amazing things happened in our country that year… Malcolm Fraser was prime minister, the hit film Mad Max was released – making Hollywood sit up and take notice of Australia – and the Australian Federal Police force was established.

In the world of television, ’60 Minutes’ hit our screens for the first time as well as the soon to be popular ‘Prisoner’.

For many baby boomers it was all about raising their kids and working hard to pay off the mortgage.

Women were starting to really make their mark in the work place with many of them taking up full-time or part-time jobs on top of their household and family duties.

Fashion was taking a walk on the wild side, with flared pants and paisley print shirts proving to be very popular with both men and women.

The disco era was thriving and big hair with plenty of hairspray was the order of the day!

When it came to music, it was all about upbeat tunes and songs you could dance too, with these hip-shaking tunes making the top five.

1. My Sharona, The Knack
2. Bad Girls, Donna Summer
3. Le Freak, Chic
4. Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?, Rod Stewart
5. Reunited, Peaches and Herb

What were you doing in 1979?

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  1. I spent 1979 pregnant with my first baby, a beautiful daughter who has since presented me with 3 splendid grandsons. I was very sick for the first 3 months and even to this day when I hear certain songs from the day (Heart of Glass, Hit Me with Your Rhythm Sticks and a couple more I can’t think of at the moment) my stomach still turns! But she was worth it. Two sons followed, one in 1983 and one in 1986.

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    • I spent the first part of 1979 working right up to a week before the birth of my first son on Anzac Day . He has grown into a wonderful caring son, adventitious always helping others like being s member is search and recur, volunteer fireman, scout leader, rock and roll teacher just to name a few. Very proud of him and love him to bits.

  2. I had my third child, a boy, in March of that year. We bought a new Holden Kingswood station wagon coloured sage green. We had major renovations done to our small miners cottage to lockup stage. It was a great year for us all.

  3. With my Vietnam Veteran soldier husband we were trying to get back to normality.
    We had just bought our first house. Our daughter was a baby and life was settling down, although rocky times a head.

  4. Have absolutely no idea! 4 years after our 5 year old son died, busy raising two sons and two daughters. Don’t remember anything about the year.

  5. Had my third child and we were celebrating 150 years of settlement in Western Australia.

  6. I was planning to be married for the second time. I was living in a large caravan with the love of my life. He had proposed to me for the third time and I had accepted. I wanted to make sure we would spend the rest of our life together. It’s 36 years later now and we are still as much in love as ever. We had two children to add to his two and my two. Three girls and three boys. We now share eleven grandchildren and one great grandchild. We built our little cottage together and we have lived in it for the past fourteen years. Marriage easily works as long as each person is both unselfish and considerate.

  7. I married a Scot in Australia 1977 and he wanted to go home and left April to live in Scotland. Unfortunately end of 1979 split due to him having affair and I moved to Edinburgh and started work came back to Aussie Jan 1983.

  8. 1979 was The International Year of The Child when my third baby was delivered in an ambulance after I was just offloaded from a plane at Alice Springs airport. An event to remember !

  9. Topless sunbathing on the Northern beaches in Sydney while the police watched us with their binoculars.

  10. I was a new age woman, aged 29, not married and definitely no children! I was successful in my career and had bought my own home the year before. I was still looking for ‘mister right’, hoping to have children and wanting to travel the world. For me it was worth the wait, I travelled to Europe in ’81, met my husband in ’83 and had my gorgeous daughter in ’88!

  11. I was working for AGC finance in Five Dock, Sydney. I turned 21 in July. My husband and I became engaged in. November, and scraped $3,000 together for the deposit on our first house.

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